Here are a couple short videos recapping Trey Lewis & Damion Lee from ACC Media Day earlier in the week. It seems pretty safe to say that these two seniors are going to be very fun to cheer for and are clearly the leaders of the 2015-16 team.
Since the accusations all came spilling out, the mind of every Louisville faithful has been working in overdrive to untangle the web that Katina Powell (and the media) has so intricately woven. Reactions have varied from one end of the spectrum to the other – from those who refuse to believe anything like this could ever happen here to those who believe that the only way we move past the situation is to “clean house.” I took a stance against Sports Illustrated’s portrayal of the University of Louisville as a dangerous culture for women, but when it comes to the scandal itself, I’ve struggled to decide how I feel. I am going to go out on a limb and say this… I’m not naive enough to believe that it could never happen here. I’ve accepted that there is potential that these claims and accusations have some truth to them. The one thing that I can’t get on board with is the premature crucifixion of Rick Pitino.
Rick Pitino called into the Terry Meiners show on 840 WHAS on Wednesday evening to talk about the Cards’ game against Michigan State, Tom Brady, and much more.
According to Drew Barry, we are the Louisville Cardinal.
Louisville’s Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell were named to the All-ACC Second Team by the league’s coaches on Monday. Harrell may have gotten the shaft on that, but the first team isn’t really bad. Still pretty solid to get two guys on the second team in this basketball conference.
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Jahlil Okafor, Fr., Duke
On Mangok Mathiang’s game winning shot
I’ll have to take a look at the tape and I don’t know if we had anybody getting to him. But we obviously wanted to make it hard for Rozier and Montrezl. I thought we defended the possession pretty well. There’s always that could we switch ball screens? Could we do some things? But with the guys we had on the floor and not going with Anthony, we thought we wanted to clean up the rebound if it’s there. I don’t want to say I expected him to not make it, but I was okay with the way we defended that possession. I don’t know if someone was scrambling to at least bother the shot, but good for him. He stepped up and hit a big shot. I don’t think that’s his forte, but he did it in a big setting and that was obviously the nail in the coffin for us.
I think we messed up defensively on that last play by running into the screen but our guys did so many good things tonight. I’m really happy we won. It would’ve been a really difficult loss because we got our 35 deflections, we were eight for eleven on the break, we moved the basketball, and their focus on the scouting report was outstanding. I was so happy Mangok made that shot because it was a big lift for our basketball team after playing real well. What we tried to do, obviously we didn’t have a lot of time to, was run a lot of motion. We were hoping that Terry could get in the lane, look down low to Montrezl if he couldn’t turn the corner. Mangok was the 64th option.
The last double-bye in the ACC Tournament will not be determined until the final day of regular season games, which is Saturday. The Louisville Cardinals are looking at either getting the 4 seed or the 5 seed in the tournament. The top 4 seeds get the double-byes, while the 5th seed would still get a bye of their own.
All signs had been pointing to a possible return this Saturday for Virginia’s Justin Anderson. The junior hasn’t played since the last time Louisville played Virginia back on February 7 when he broke a finger on his shooting hand. Now, another problem has come up for Anderson and he will not be playing for the Cavaliers on Saturday. On Thursday, Anderson underwent an appendectomy.
I’m really proud of my team to come in this atmosphere and beat an NCAA tournament team here. I was a little concerned about how sharp we would be- we haven’t played in eight days. I thought we responded great. I thought we were really good against their pressure which is the first thing you have to deal with. I thought we got stuff in transition that got us confident. And I thought overall, between zone and man, we really defended well.
I thought Steve Vasturia’s job on Rozier was really a key tonight because he is the guy that has to jump start them out on the perimeter. We’re already in the double-bye, they’re fighting for one. For us, we talked about it being another resume win for our NCAA tournament resume. I’m glad our guys responded to that.
Well you are always disappointed when you lose but Notre Dame was the better basketball team. Even including Kentucky, I think out of all the teams that we scouted this year, we thought this would be our most difficult game especially when Chris Jones went out, defensively. They play four guards and they do things offensively that can really hurt you. Although we played very poor defense, we kept getting into, well we take the lead, get it to two and then we totally breakdown with a bad shot on offense and a bad play defensively.
Well that one didn’t turn out very well. The Cards got down early, but rallied with an 11-0 run to start the second half to tie the game up. From there, it was a back and forth battle, with the Irish pulling away in the last few minutes. Louisville drops to 2-1 in their new season that I proclaimed them to have, and have one big regular season game left when Virginia comes to town on Saturday.
Nobody likes to relive losses, so if anyone is even reading this, thank you. I won’t take up much of your time. Just a few quick hitters from the game.