The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:
-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.
The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:
ESPN released their College Football Mid Season All American Teams today and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman was on it. The former Army All-American came out of nowhere this season to lead the nation in interceptions with 7. At this pace I don’t see a way Holliman isn’t on this same list when the season ends as well as many post season awards list. Holliman, only a (RS) Sophmore, can return to Louisville for the next two seasons so it’s possible he is only getting started!!
S Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Holliman has been the breakout star on one of the nation’s top defenses through seven weeks. The Louisville sophomore has already racked up seven interceptions, which leads the nation. A year ago, only Virginia’s Anthony Harris had more for the entire season. More importantly, Holliman’s contributions have helped the Cardinals overcome a lackluster offense early with a defense that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to FBS foes all year. — David M. Hale
Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.
The following was posted back in August by Spencer York of shakininthesouthland.com, Clemson’s SB Nation site. He gives a great rundown of things to do and places to go if you are visiting Clemson for the first time. I figure fans are probably on their way down now or later this afternoon, so this could come in handy. Here is your guide to Clemson!
So you’re coming to Clemson for the first time? Well hopefully this small guide here will be able to help you out on your stay, whether you’re an opposing fan, or a neutral just checking out a game. Inside are places to eat, bars to drink at, places to stay, tailgating and parking info, etc.
So lets say you’re coming into town for a game and you need a place to stay. You have multiple options in Clemson, Seneca, Anderson, Easley, and Greenville.
Places to Stay
The best bet is to stay with someone that you know, but, if not, then these suggestions should help out.
Unless you are subscribed to our e-mail list, which sends you an e-mail every time a new post is made on CardinalSportsZone.com, there may be some things you miss during the week. By the way, getting on that e-mail list is a GREAT idea, not to mention easy. On that column there on the right (on the full site), there is a section called “Follow CSZ via email.” Just click “follow” and get signed up. It is a great way to keep up if you can’t always check out the site to see if there are new articles.
Now back to this. If you missed things during the week, or even if you didn’t but want a page with all of the links about Louisville-Clemson from the week that we posted, here it is for you. This way you don’t have to go search if you want to see things like the depth chart or Bobby Petrino’s press conference previewing Clemson. It is all listed below. If anything else gets posted today about the game, I will add it on here too. Hope this makes things easier for you. Go Cards!
The following write up comes from Chris Hall, who is a big-time fan of the Clemson Tigers. In fact, his twitter profile says “my blood runs Clemson Orange.” So you have to appreciate that passion. Chris also has his own blog, sportstalkwithchrishall.blogspot.com, and he was nice enough to send us a personal game preview for this Saturday’s matchup between Louisville and Clemson.
Chris tells you all about Clemson’s team, which is great if you want to learn about the opposition before Saturday. For anyone traveling to the game, he also provides some tips on parking, eating, tailgating, and more.
Give him a follow on twitter @CHallSportsTalk and check out his preview!
What a difference two weeks makes. After letting one slip away in Tallahassee in overtime and dropping to 1-2 on the season, Tiger fans were understandably upset. Some of these “fans” were even calling for Swinney and Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris to be fired. Enter true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. The 6-2 205 dual-threat gunslinger from Gainesville, GA has lived up to the hype and truly is a special player. In his first start against North Carolina, he threw for a school record and tied an ACC record with 6 touchdowns in a 50-35 victory. He makes it look easy and has the poise of a 5th year senior in the pocket. Watson has provided a spark to not only this Clemson offense but the entire team and fan base. The Tigers have posted back to back wins and are averaging 45.5 points per game with the freshmen running the show. Optimism in flying high again around Tigertown and everyone is excited to watch this special player develop and continue what looks to be a very promising career. More importantly, Morris and Swinney’s job security, according to fans, is safe again.
Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)
Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.
According to this tweet it looks like the Cards are going to walk into one of the wildest atmospheres they have seen in awhile. Clemson fans took offense to Bobby’s comments (or lack thereof) earlier this week and look to make sure it is rocking. Hey it’s no Syracuse but it’ll be cute I suppose. #BeatClemson
Louisville’s offensive and defensive coordinators, Garrick McGee an Todd Grantham (respectively), met with the media over the last couple of days to discuss the upcoming game against Clemson. They also talked about their own team a little bit. The links to the videos are provided, as well as summaries of key notes they talked about.
-Practice was good. The kids were spirited. Not everything was perfect but it’s like that on Tuesdays because you are installing a new game plan, playing against a new defensive structure, but the spirit was there.
-Clemson has a really good defensive scheme. They have powerful guys in the middle. They have one of the top pash rushers in the country (Vic Beasley). They have three really good linebackers. They have length at safety. “I think #20 is 6’4.” So they present plenty of challenges for us.
Here are the transcripts from Wednesday’s ACC teleconference for Bobby Petrino and Dabo Swinney.
Bobby Petrino – Louisville
BOBBY PETRINO: We’re coming off a good road win at Syracuse where we had to fight hard to win the game in the fourth quarter, which I thought was really good for our football team. Defensively we’re playing at a very high level. Offensively we continue to get better, so I’m excited about the improvements we made. We know we have a great challenge ahead of us going in to play at Clemson, which is a very loud atmosphere and a great crowd. But we look forward to the challenge.
Q. Is DeVante fully cleared for this Saturday or are you waiting on a few for things?
BOBBY PETRINO: Yeah, we’re kind of waiting on that. He came out for practice yesterday. He didn’t go the entire practice but did run routes and took part in parts of our practice. He looked good out there, but we just have to see how the week progresses.
Q. When you look on film, what is it about Clemson’s receivers you think that allows them to shine so fast so soon, a lot of young guys there?
BOBBY PETRINO: Yeah, I think they do a great job on their teaching of their get-off and their route running. They’re big guys that can get down the field and catch the ball well in their hands, so it’s a great challenge for us.
According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.
This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.
One thing I do like about Clemson so far is how much media coverage they give heading into a game. You have video of Dabo Swinney and his two coordinators talking, and now 11 players previewing Louisville. Pretty nice stuff to have when you are learning about your opponent. This sounds weird, but check out the eyes on Kalon Davis!
QB Deshaun Watson
On Sunday night, I had the great opportunity to be a guest on an ACC podcast with a couple of fellow bloggers from the conference. @HokieSmash and @TalkinACCSports from allsportsdiscussion.com were gracious enough to allow me to come on and talk about the crazy week in college football, and of course we talked about the big game coming up between Louisville and Clemson.
Give it a listen if you get a lot of free time, or want to make fun of me. Whatever works for you!
For all of the criticism surrounding the play of Louisville’s offensive line, the Clemson Tigers enter Saturday with plenty of question marks of their own. The local paper, GreenvilleOnline.com, explains it a little more.
Clemson has endured a rash of injuries and setbacks along the offensive line. That has transformed the depth chart into a shallow talent pool. For instance, this week, senior Reid Webster is listed as the starter at right guard.
And the backup at left tackle.
And the backup at center.
And the backup at right tackle.
“We went into last week thin, and we came out thinner,” offensive coordinator Chad Morris said, alluding to the broken foot interior lineman Jay Guillermo suffered Saturday against North Carolina State.
Guillermo, who has logged snaps at guard and center, will miss three to five weeks. Junior tackle Joe Gore missed the N.C. State game and will miss at least another week after undergoing an appendectomy last week. Shaq Anthony, whom Gore beat out for the starting right tackle position through August camp, transferred before the start of the season.
Clemson closed the spring with 10 linemen on its depth chart. They will face Louisville with seven.
Soooo apparently some Clemson folks are trying to spread the word about having a “silent out” before the game on Saturday. They were not happy when Bobby Petrino said that playing in Death Valley this week will be similar to playing in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse when it comes to noise level. “I don’t know if it can get any louder,” Petrino said.
Last week the Cards came in at #7 in Sporting News Preseason poll. Now for the second time the Cards find themselves at #7 but this time in the Yahoo Sports preseason poll. Yahoo looked at the best and worst case scenario’s for their top 25:
Last year’s record: 31-6, 15-3
Key returners: F Montrezl Harrell, G Terry Rozier, G Chris Jones, F Wayne Blackshear, F/C Mangok Mathiang, G Anton Gill
Notable newcomers: G Quentin Snider, F Jaylen Johnson, F/C Chinanu Onuaku, G Shaqquan Aaron
Best-case scenario: Finally free to run the show now that All-American Russ Smith has moved on to the professional ranks, Jones and Rozier show why Rick Pitino has been touting them all offseason. Jones, quicker and faster after shedding 10 pounds, excels attacking the rim and making plays off the dribble.Rozier validates the glowing reviews he received on the summer camp circuit and leaves scouts drooling by the end of his breakout season. The emergence of that guard duo ensures Louisville has the perimeter weapons it needs to complement a frontcourt highlighted by one of the best big men in the nation in Harrell. The 6-foot-8 junior returns more well-rounded, having added improved free throw shooting and an array of low post moves to his already-established prowess gobbling up rebounds and finishing at the rim. Fueled by that trio of all-league candidates and a talented supporting cast, Louisville has little trouble adjusting in its debut season in the ACC. The Cards sweep the regular season and tournament titles, a warning shot to Duke and North Carolina that Tobacco Road is no longer the ACC’s power center. Louisville’s dream season ends in ideal fashion as the Cards topple Kentucky in an all-Bluegrass national title game on a Harrell put-back slam at the buzzer. Pitino tattoos a picture of the play on his chest and vows to name his next Kentucky Derby-caliber horse after Harrell.