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Louisville Keeps Rolling 94-65

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PRESS RELEASE VIA ESPN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Russ Smith scored a career-high 42 points and No. 5 Louisville cruised to a 94-65 victory over Houston on Friday in the semifinals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.

Smith shot 14 for 22 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His final points came on a three-point play where he hit a reverse layup and converted the ensuing free throw.

Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell both added 12 for the Cardinals (28-5), the tournament’s second seed, who will face the winner of Friday’s second game between top-seeded Cincinnati and Connecticut.

TaShawn Thomas and Brandon Morris scored 13 each for Houston (17-16), while Danuel House had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Cougars lost for only the second time in their last seven games.

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Can Louisville still get a #1 Seed?

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The Cards finished their regular season yesterday and well………..they are good. With UC, Memphis, SMU, and UConn the Cards finished with about as hard a stretch as anyone in the country. Due to a coin flip we know the Cards will be the #2 seed in the AAC Tournament but where will they be in the NCAA? The one question everyone wants to know is can the Cards get a #1 seed still? The common answer is no BUT CBS writer Gary Parrish seems to think the Cards are one of the teams that still can land that coveted #1 Seed. In his article Parrish said:

Louisville

RPI ranking: 21 | Record: 26-5
Top 50 wins: 6 | Top 100 wins: 7
Losses outside of the top 50: 0

Some thoughts: There are only five teams with zero losses outside of the top 50 of the RPI, and Louisville is one of them. So that’s the best part of the Cardinals’ resume — no bad losses. If they can add two more top-50 wins in the American tournament, they might have a shot at getting a No. 1 seed for the second straight season.

Regardless of the seed the Cards are looking like one of the favorites to be in Dallas but a 1 can’t hurt.

Current AAC Bracketology

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With only 3 days left in the College Basketball regular season this is how the American Athletic Conference looks as of today:

#4 SMU vs #5 Memphis*

#1 Louisville vs (Winner of) #8 USF vs #9 UCF

 

#2 Cincinnati* vs (Winner of) #7 Rutgers vs #10 Temple

#3 UConn vs #6 Houston 

 

We will update this post daily.

*Cincinnati and Memphis are currently playing

The AAC Tournament will be played from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

55 (Episode 16)

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This week…..on 55…..

I have decided instead of searching for different pics of the number 55, I would make this the official pic of 55 week in and week out. I would be up to viewer suggested pics also. If you see a pic that you would want included just private message it to me and it will be under consideration. This week has been an up and down week in the world of UofL Athletics, we will go into detail in a few. So this week we will talk ridiculous statements, wins, losses and Vince McMahon…maybe. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

1) First off I want to wish my mom the speediest of recoveries. I almost didn’t write 55 this week due to the fact I had been at the hospital a ton and my mind had been on overload. But in the end, my mom needs something to read tonight! lol. Get well soon mom….love you!

2) #MommasBoy

3) Oh well

4) Moving forward

5) This week I purchased the WWE Network, now I know what some of you will say…that’s stupid…I don’t call your Breaking Bad and Dexter and Walking Dead stupid so don’t rain on my parade. I pay $9.99 a month and can watch unlimited VOD and I get every $60 ppv included in my monthly fee. So get over it….I’m saving money. Vince DM me so I can give you the details for compensation for promoting your product.

6) nochance

7) Well…..that’s not nice. And to think, I supported the XFL

8) kobe

9) Yeah you’re right Kobe…that was a lie

10) This week the Boy’s High School 6th & 7th Regional Tourney draw was decided

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12) Good Luck young men and do the city proud!

13) Shout out to CSZ’s Justin Renck whose Holy Cross team had a great season and made some noise this year. It’s a building block for the future and next season they will make Regionals

14) #Salute

15) My brother from another mother Terrance Farley’s (@VilleBlessed43) PRP team is still in the hunt for a state crown and we found out last week his Center Lamontrey Harris won 6th region Player of the Year. I know T has worked very hard with him since he joined the PRP staff this year. Congrats and good luck…until you play my alma-mater that is. lol

16) #GoDragons

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17) This week started off as a decent week in Cardinal Athletics. It was almost a tale of 2 months. Here’s what happened at the end of February…

18) On Tuesday the Baseball team won 6-0 over Eastern Illinois

19) The Men’s team whipped Temple 88-66 on Thursday

20) On Friday: Women’s Tennis beat EKU 6-1

21) Men’s Baseball defeated Toledo 6-2

22) Men’s Tennis beat Northwestern 5-2

23) Lastly on Friday the Men’s Track and Field team were in 1st in the AAC Championships after day 1 while the Women were 2nd….

24) Great week…until the Calendar turned to March Saturday as a different kind of March madness ensued

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25) UL Baseball loses 6-2 to #17 IU on Saturday

26) Even though there was a very valiant effort by Montrezl and the Basketball Cards, late mistakes and lack of focus lead to a 72-66 loss to #21 Memphis team

27) The Men’s track team finished 2nd and women finished 5th

28) Sunday Men’s Tennis fell 5-2 to #2 Oklahoma

29) Can we go back to February?

30) There were a few bright spots on Saturday though

31) @UofLBaseball did follow the loss to IU with a 8-2 win over Toledo and Women’s Lacrosse upset #18 Denver and the #3 Women’s basketball team slapped Cincy 75-51

32) I guess we can’t win everything…

33) Wait….we can’t win everything?

34) I would hate to cheer for a team who thought they should win everything

35) smiley

36) I had a very interesting text convo today:

37) Me: What’s up man….Yall gonna get much snow?

38) Anonymous: We may have been swept by a non tourney team but you all got swept by a bubble team.

39) Me: What? You must have got your convos mixed up, I asked about the weather

40) Anonymous: Memphis won’t even make the NCAA Tourney

41) Me: So that’s a no on the snow?

42) Needless to say reality escapes some people….FYI this is the same guy who texted me after I tweeted out great win by UL tonight after the Temple game and said “Must suck to celebrate beating a team that has less than 12 wins” yeah karma sucks bro

43) I still refuse to treat him the way he treats me because I have friends and family who are rational that do cheer for uk and any statement I made would bunch them into that group

44) Speaking of one of my friends

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46) SMH

47) I have it on good authority Corey used that same razor later in the evening

48) The new Women’s Basketball AP Poll came out today and the Cards remained steady at #3 (full poll here)

49) The Women have a huge Basketball game tonight vs #1 UConn. Good luck to the Women’s Basketball team. The score is currently 43-31 at the half

50) The Men’s AP Poll come out today and the Cards drop to 11 (full poll here)

51) The Men’s coaches Poll come out today and the Cards fell to 9 (full poll here)

52) Don’t forget to tune into the hottest Louisville sports show on the radio @TalkinNOIZ serving it up live from the Wendy’s studios. Hosted by Lloyd Spence, TalkinNOIZ comes on from 12:06-1 on 1080 am on the radio or access it from your iHeart app. CSZ’s own Steve Rummage is on every Monday and Thursday and the rest of us sprinkle in from time to time.

53) Russ is attacking the record books at UofL read the full story here

54) If the AAC Tourney started today, Steve shows us what that would look like here

55) Next week I will have much, much more….Thanks for all your prayers and concerns regarding my mom.

Go Cards!

You can find the previous 15 Episodes of 55 by typing 55 in the CardinalSportszone.com search bar and clicking search

P.S.-Old Chicago Pizza is awesome!

P.S.S.-Congrats to my guy Raashaan on killing it on his road to completing his goals

P.S.S.S-

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P.S.S.S.S.- Everytime I feel down about Memphis I just go back to this….

Works every time….

Shoni Schimmel talks about her final season here

*some info taken from press releases, most from CSZ and my brain

Current AAC Tournament Bracketology

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As we enter the last week in the College Basketball regular season this is how the American Athletic Conference looks as of today:

#4 Memphis vs #5 UConn

#1 Louisville vs (Winner of) #8 USF vs #9 UCF

 

#2 Cincinnati vs (Winner of) #7 Rutgers vs #10 Temple

#3 SMU vs #6 Houston 

 

The AAC Tournament will be played from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

 

 

 

 

Current AAC Tournament Bracketology

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We are a couple weeks away from the first American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Tournament will be played from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Over the next couple weeks we will let you know just what that bracket will look like. If the season ended today the bracket would be as follows:

#4 Memphis vs #5 UConn

#1 Cincinnati vs (Winner of) #8 USF vs #9 UCF

 

#2 Louisville vs (Winner of) #7 Rutgers vs #10 Temple

#3 SMU vs #6 Houston 

Don’t know there could be a better draw for the Cards but with 2 weeks left expect these to change.

Baseball: Zach Lucas Named AAC Player of the Week

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Photo courtesy of GoCards.com

Just another “Player of the Week” honor for the Louisville Cardinals! We also have a player on the weekly honor roll.

Press release from TheAmerican.org

Feb. 24, 2014 Baseball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a strong week across The American, players from Houston and Louisville again earned recognition for Weekly Awards. Cougars’ pitcher Tyler Ford was recognized as Pitcher of the Week, while Louisville infielder Zach Lucas was named Player of the Week. Ford is the second straight Houston hurler to win Pitcher of the Week, while Lucas follows teammate Jeff Gardner as Louisville recipients of Player of the Week.

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Montrezl Harrell Named AAC Player of the Week

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Here is the press release from TheAmerican.org

Feb. 24, 2014 Men’s Basketball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week-ending Feb.23.
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AAC names Louisville’s Sean Piner As AAC Diver Of The Week

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The American Athletic Conference presented the weekly award Tuesday to Louisville’s Sean Piner as AAC Diver of the Week.

 

Piner swept the diving events as Louisville earned a victory over conference foe Cincinnati. In the 1-meter springboard the sophomore scored a 267.35, finishing over 30 points ahead of the nearest competitor. He then won the 3-meter diving with a 326.75, recording an NCAA Zone Cut.

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2013 AAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Bracket

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The inaugural American Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship seedings were set on Sunday, with Louisville securing the No.2 seed and a first round bye.  The Cardinals will host the quarterfinal round on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Cardinal Park.  Louisville will play the winner of the opening round matchup played between No. 7 seed Memphis (11-7-0, 4-5-0 American) and No. 10 seed Houston (1-11-3, 0-9-0 American) on Friday, Nov. 1 in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.

Louisville (12-4-1, 8-1-0 American) finished second in the regular-season standings behind UCF.  Louisville secured their spot following a 5-4 overtime thriller over Cincinnati on Friday. Heading into the Championship, senior midfielder Charlyn Corral is The American’s individual points leader, tied for first in the league with 13 goals and standing alone at the top with 36 points, averaging 2.12 per game.

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Go Cards!

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No. 6 Louisville Men’s Soccer Defeats Memphis 2-1 In Final Minutes

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Junior Nolan Moore connected for the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation to lift the No. 6 Louisville men’s soccer team to a 2-1 road win over Memphis on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.

With their fifth road victory of the season, the Cardinals improved to 10-3-2 overall and remained in sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference standings with 16 points and a 5-1-1 record. Memphis dropped to 9-7-1 overall and 3-5-0 in conference matches.

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Volleyball Sweeps Cincy

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Friday night the University of Louisville Volleyball team continued their roll as they traveled to Cincinnati and defeated the Bearcats in a  25-13, 25-22, 25-15 (3-0) sweep over their longtime rival. Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 13 kills and an ace while U of L (11-7, 7-0) hit .330 and had 43 digs, led by Maya McClendon’s 14.  Janelle Jenkins added nine kills and senior Randi Ewing hit .556 with six kills and a block. The Cards stay undefeated in AAC conference play. The Cards go on a 4 game road trip starting with matches this week at MTSU on Tuesday, at Rutgers on Thursday before a showdown in Storrs on Sunday.

Go Cards!

Shocker In Kansas

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Tonight in Wichita, Kansas the Shockers got revenge for Its’ Basketball team as Wichita beat Louisville in 5 sets to defeat the Cards 3-2, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10. Senior middle blocker Brooke Mattingly had 15 kills, an ace and two blocks. Cardinal Janelle Jenkins had 11 blocks with Emily Juhl adding 12 kills and six blocks. Louisville’s next game will be Friday at Cincinnati. The Cards move to 10-7 and 6-0 in conference.

Women’s Soccer Wins 4-1 Over Rutgers

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Senior Charlyn Corral scored two goals and dished out one assist in the Cardinals 4-1 win over Rutgers Sunday.  The Cardinals improve to 2-0-0 in American Athletic Conference play and 6-3-1 overall while Rutgers falls to 1-1-0 in league play and 8-2-1 overall. Louisville will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 3 as they travel to SMU for an 8:00 p.m. match.

Charlie Strong at AAC Media Day (Video)

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Louisville Tops AAC Preseason Poll

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Media day is here!! The Cards have been picked as the favorites to win The American Athletic Conference this year…………………….Duh. The Cards received 28 of the 30 first place votes Cincinnati received 2 Here is the entire poll:

1. Louisville
2. Cincinnati
3. Rutgers
4. UCF
5. USF
6. Houston
7. UConn
8. SMU
9. Temple
10. Memphis

 

 

AAC Media Day

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The American Athletic Conference (AAC) will hold their first annual Football Media day this week Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30th. Here are some things you need to know:

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