Chris Jones and Terry Rozier combined to score 51 of the Cards’ 81 points last night against Boston College as Louisville picked up the 81-72 win on the road. They also combined to make 19-28 shots, including 5-7 from three. They had 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 turnover between the two of them.
With a massive snowstorm on its way to the Northeast part of the country, it is looking like Louisville’s next basketball game could be postponed. The Cards are supposed to play at Boston College on Wednesday evening. During today’s ACC teleconference, Coach Pitino said that the team wouldn’t be able to travel on Tuesday and that they would attempt to on Wednesday, the day of the game.
Digging deep into the world of Twitter, who better to know about this situation than the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore?
The following transcripts come from Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.
Opening statement: We usually win with defense. Tonight we won with offense. Not that our defense was bad, but our offense was special. Great shooting percentages are the result of great passing, and we did a terrific job of passing against a very good defensive team. So, I’m real proud of our guys. We needed to get this road win. We’re at BC. We’re at Miami. We’re at Virginia. We needed to play well to get our confidence back after that Duke loss.
Sometimes, the worst thing that can happen after a loss is a lot of time off between games. It feels like the Cards haven’t played in a month. They will finally hit the court again on Sunday at 4 p.m. when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road. The game will be on CBS.
Rick Pitino talked about the game at his press conference on Friday afternoon. Here is what he had to say.
“As you all know, Pitt’s had a great winning record at home, nearly 88 percent, and certainly, they have a great home court with their student body. It’s always been a tough place to play, and we’re looking forward to it. Obviously it’s a nationally televised game, and I know our players are fired up about it.”
It’s always good to check in on the opponent and learn as much as you can about them, especially when it’s a big game like this and the opponent is as prestigious as the Duke Blue Devils. We know a lot about the Cards since they are our team, but let’s take a look at some things about Duke.
Here are their game notes from GoDuke.com.
The Opening Tip
• Duke (14-2, 2-2) faces Louisville (15-2, 3-1) Saturday, Jan. 17 in its third ACC road contest over a four-game stretch. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action for ESPN.
Louisville guard Terry Rozier also met with the media on Friday afternoon after Coach Pitino spoke for about 20 minutes. Here is what he had to say about the upcoming game with the Blue Devils.
On Duke: Lately I’ve been watching a lot of games. I noticed their togetherness. They’re together out there on the court. They always cheer one another on. Just because they lost the last two games, it’s still going to be a tough game for us. They have a lot of good players. I’ve watched a decent amount of their games. They’re pretty good.
Louisville’s Chris Jones spoke after the game about bouncing back and getting the win over Virginia Tech, and on his role of a point guard and getting shots for his teammates. Below is a transcript of what he said. Well, it’s the best I could do. Not an easy thing to transcribe what Jones says.
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“The first unit guys played really well and passed the ball really well. They did a lot of really good things at executing, making extra passes, and executing. Their team was totally overmatched, and I think they worked really, really hard, and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t embarrassed in any way possible because they worked so hard. It was good that we gave some guys an opportunity, with a big game coming up, to play. And real, real proud of the way our starters played tonight, they did a terrific job.”
When Montrezl Harrell takes the court tonight, he will be doing so against the team he originally signed with, Virginia Tech. Coming out of high school, Harrell signed with the Hokies to play for then coach Seth Greenberg. Coach Greenberg, who now works at ESPN, was fired in April of 2012. Because of that, Harrell was able to get out of his letter of intent and go somewhere else.
The rest can be better explained in this piece from Roanoke.com:
The latest AP and Coaches Polls were released on Monday afternoon, and the Cards did not suffer a big drop after the 1 point loss in Chapel Hill. They also beat Clemson during the week, and other big teams lost. Plus it was a 1 point loss on the road, in a game where the Tar Heels were favored anyway, so there shouldn’t have been a big drop.
Last week, Louisville was 5th in both polls. This week they are 6th in the AP and 7th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This week they host two ACC games: Virginia Tech on Tuesday and Duke on Saturday.
Every Monday, the ACC basketball coaches join in on the ACC teleconference at their scheduled times. Today should be a good one with Rick Pitino. Not good because of the loss to UNC, but you would expect him to have some important things to say following that game and getting ready for tomorrow night’s game against Virginia Tech.
Full transcript of Rick Pitino’s press conference previewing the North Carolina Tar Heels, courtesy of Russ Brown and posted on Courier-Journal.com.
Opening statement: When you get into league play, every game takes on a different style and certainly this will be a totally different style from the Clemson game. There’ll be a lot more paying attention to transition baskets, rebounding, controling your turnovers. This should be a very exciting game for both teams.
For the most part, if you know who an official is by name, that probably isn’t a good thing. It usually means they have caused so much controversy that you actually remember who they are every time they officiate a game involving your favorite team. Louisville fans shouldn’t have to worry about Karl Hess anymore, as the ACC is ending their relationship with him, effective immediately.
The Cards defeated Clemson on Wednesday night by a final score of 58-52. For most of the game, it wasn’t pretty. But pretty or not, Louisville now finds themselves 14-1 and 2-0 in the ACC. Here are my 5 quick thoughts from this game…
1. Montrezl foul trouble hurts
With 14:36 left to play in the first half, Montrezl Harrell picked up his 2nd foul and went to the bench for the rest of the half. With 1 foul already, Harrell made the unwise decision of trying to take a charge. Even if it was a charge, you are putting a 50/50 call in the hands of the referee. Picking up that charge is probably not worth the other side of the coin, which is you sitting for the next 14:36. For what it’s worth, it was the correct call as a block and it wasn’t really close. You just can’t put yourself in that position if you are Montrezl.
Chris Jones talked after the game about looking for teammates, the impact of Montrezl Harrell, and how it is in the ACC.