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Cards Defeat Hoosiers 94-74 in MSG; Quick Thoughts

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

You love the picture, don’t deny it…

Well that certainly was an entertaining game on a late Tuesday night. Indiana shot lights out for a half, but couldn’t keep up as the Cards hit them with their signature “boom” in the second half and pulled away with a 20 point victory. The 4th ranked Cardinals moved to 8-0 on the season and Indiana fell to 7-2.

The trio of Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, and Terry Rozier were phenomenal. They combined for 71 points, only being outscored by 3 by the whole Indiana team. Here are some of my quick reactions from right after the game…

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4-star RB Has Louisville in Final 3

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Ke’Shawn Vaughn is a 4-star (Rivals and 247 Sports) running back from Nashville, Tennessee and was leaning towards the hometown school, Vanderbilt, for quite a while. However, he just tweeted his final 3.

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Shaqquan Aaron Can Make His Debut on December 20

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Finally got news on Shaqquan Aaron. This is the official press release from UofL:

Dec. 9, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron can make his debut with the Cardinals’ men’s basketball team on Dec. 20 when U of L plays at Western Kentucky.

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Louisville up to #4 in both Basketball Polls

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This week’s AP and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Louisville Cardinals climbed up to #4 in both.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (64) 9-0 1,600
2 Duke 8-0 1,518
3 Arizona 8-0 1,486
4 Louisville 7-0 1,319
5 Wisconsin 8-1 1,316
6 Virginia 9-0 1,285
7 Villanova 8-0 1,173
8 Texas 7-1 1,155
9 Gonzaga 7-1 1,145
10 Kansas 6-1 1,083
11 Wichita St 5-1 929
12 Ohio State 6-1 808
13 Utah 6-1 717
14 Iowa State 5-1 668
15 Butler 7-1 593
16 Oklahoma 5-2 557
17 Washington 7-0 428
18 San Diego St 6-2 390
19 Maryland 8-1 370
20 Miami (FL) 8-1 359
21 North Carolina 6-2 350
22 West Virginia 8-1 313
23 Northern Iowa 8-0 232
24 St. John’s 6-1 211
25 Notre Dame 8-1 200

Early 2015 Football Commit Has Scholarship Pulled

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

The following was posted on Rivals.com on Monday night and was tweeted out by Andrew Bone, who covers the state of Alabama for Rivals. Apparently, the Cards are parting ways with one of their early commitments in the 2015 class, offensive lineman Troy Thingstad.

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Geron Christian Commits to Louisville

Photo: hudl.com

Photo: hudl.com

The Louisville Cardinals just picked up another commitment for the 2015 class. Geron Christian, younger brother of UofL tight end Gerald Christian, has just committed to the Cards. He visited UofL’s campus the weekend of the Kentucky football game. He also has offers from Texas, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Miami, and more.

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Louisville Will Face Georgia in Belk Bowl

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

We now know where the Louisville Cardinals will go bowling this season. The Cards are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Belk Bowl.

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Jaire Alexander Flips from South Carolina to Louisville

Photo:  DWAYNE MCLEMORE

Photo: DWAYNE MCLEMORE

According to multiple media outlets, the Louisville Cardinals just picked up a commitment from 3-star cornerback Jaire Alexander. He was one of the visitor’s this weekend and came to town committed to South Carolina. As I said in the post that listed the visitors, this was one to watch out for.

He is listed at 6’0 and 175 lbs and is from Charlotte, North Carolina.

This gives the Cards 22 commitments for the class of 2015.

Click here for his hudl page with highlight videos. 

Kentucky Player: Petrino Said to Meet at the 50 Yard Line

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

You can’t make this stuff up. Well, I guess you could. That seems like the only logical explanation, only it’s not. Bud Dupree, a senior for Kentucky’s football team….well, I guess he isn’t on the team anymore since their season is over, but I digress…had some interesting comments today.

Dupree was a guest on KSR and had this to say about the scuffle before the game: “We heard through the grapevine that coach Petrino told his players to meet us at the 50 so we met ‘em there.”

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Louisville Football Hosting Big-Time Visitors This Weekend

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The regular season may be over, but recruiting season is in full swing for college football. Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a crop of impressive visitors this weekend. Most of them are committed to other schools, so we will see if any of them flip to UofL. Let’s take a look at the list…

*Like always, the “four recruiting sites” are Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN*

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Bring a Toy to Tonight’s FIU Basketball Game for Kyle’s Korner

Former Card Kyle Kuric’s charity, “Kyle’s Korner for Kids,” is once again asking fans to donate toys at a Louisville men’s basketball game. This year, the game for Kyle’s Korner donations is tonight against FIU. Mangok Mathiang and Anas Mahmoud will deliver the toys to Kosair and to the Home of the Innocents.

Louisville comes in at #3 on Total Sorority Move’s “Hott Player” top 25

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

TotalSororityMove.com ranked the top 25 football teams according to how hott the players are…….yea you read that right. Nevertheless the Louisville Cardinals came in at number 3 behind only Wisconsin and Arizona State. The website chose QB Kyle Bolin as the poster boy for the Cards. Something tells me Bobby wont be placing anything in the trophy  case for this.

The Louisville Cardinals: #21 on the field, #3 in the heart of the ladies!

Bobby Petrino writes an open letter to Louisville fans

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/Cardinalsportszone.com

If you needed another reason to love Bobby Petrino he gave it to you. Coach Petrino wrote the following letter to CardNation thanking us for the support during this amazing season. There is one game left and I expect that Cardinal fans will be glad to return the gratitude.

Dear Cardinals Fans:

During this hectic time with recruiting, and preparing for our fifth-straight bowl appearance, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank all of our fans for their tremendous support during our first season in the ACC. We sold out each one of our home games and provided a big-time atmosphere for our players and recruits. The electricity in the stadium for home games versus Miami, Florida State and Kentucky were one of the main reasons why Papa John’s Stadium is one of the most difficult venues to play in the country.

On the road, the 15,000 fans in Notre Dame Stadium helped our team pull through for an emotional victory. Off the field, the support from the community for the Petrino Family Foundation has touched not just me, but many families in the community. This support reinforces for me why my family and I are so proud to call Louisville home.

With a bowl announcement coming on Sunday, I ask for your continued support to come with us as we try to capture our 10th win and our third-straight bowl victory. As we conclude our first year in the ACC, lets show the country what Louisville Football is all about.

Let’s Do This,

Bobby Petrino

Top 3 Montrezl Dunks vs Ohio State

Just Trezl doing Trezl things.

Video Highlights: Louisville vs Ohio State

Final ACC Power Poll from the Digital Network

Jeff Fischel has been releasing a new power poll each week for ACC football on the ACC Digital Network. This is the final one of the season. Not a bad first year for Bobby Petrino and the Cards!

Louisville Basketball to host big time visitors against Ohio St.

bleacherreport.com

bleacherreport.com

Rick Pitino will host two five star visitors for what he says should be “the best atmosphere we’ve had since the Yum Center has been built.” 2016 stars PF/C Thon Maker (accompanied by brother 2017 4 star Matur Maker) and SG Terrence Ferguson (pictured below) will be in the house when the #5 Cards take on the #14 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Maker, who took a visit to UK on Sunday, is widely regarded as the nation’s top player and has been for some time. While in the 2016 class at the moment, Maker has expressed interest in reclassifying to the 2015 class and becoming the odds on favorite to be the #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Maker was originally from the Sudan before heading to Australia, then to the US..sound familiar? If so that’s because current Louisville Cardinal Mangok Mathiang and future Louisville Cardinal Deng Adel took the same path on their way to Louisville. While UK still seems to have the inside track here, look for Pitino to amp up the recruitment of Thon Maker from this point on.

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55 Season 2 Episode 12

55

 

This week on 55…………

We talk Kyle Bolin…yes Kyle Bolin. Basketball gears up for a big showdown with Ohio State. This week in Cardinal Athletics brings us to the end of another season and find out who made the All ACC teams in football. So without further adieu, get ready for the ride. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stood out to me the most. The most ridiculous, interesting and factual things I came across. This is the Mid-Season Finale of 55……….

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Kyle Bolin Puts His Stamp on Governor’s Cup History

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

As Reggie Bonnafon was being attended to early in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup game between Louisville and Kentucky, reality started to set it: we were going to have to turn to 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin. No big deal, right? Just down 13-0 to Kentucky, who has all kinds of momentum, and Bolin entering the game completing 4-7 passes for 35 yards in his career. No panic at all in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Now be serious, you know you were worried.

I love great stories in sports. Maybe “Rudy” was still fresh in my head after having watched it last Saturday before the Notre Dame game. So immediately, I turn to my buddy I go to games with, Chris Tingley, and say “Well, he IS from Lexington.” How sweet would it be for a kid from Lexington to bring the Cards back in this game against Kentucky? The Wildcats didn’t offer Bolin a scholarship until well after he was committed to Louisville. They let him get away, and on Saturday it would come back on them.

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