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Louisville Likes to Win Conference Titles as They Exit the Conference

Darius Washington

When the Louisville Cardinals leave a conference, it is pretty standard for them to win the conference tournament on their way out. Dating all the way back to the Metro conference days, whenever the Cards just like to leave the previous conference something to remember them by. Let’s hope that continues tonight as we exit the American Athletic Conference.

Below are the results of the final conference tournament results for Louisville for the Metro, Conference USA, Big East, and American…

Metro Conference

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March 10 (First round)

Louisville 84, Virginia Commonwealth 61

March 11 (Semifinals)

Louisville 81, Tulane 80 (OT)

March 12: (Finals)

Louisville 78, Southern Mississippi 64

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Men’s Basketball AAC Tournament Bracket Entering Thursday

Updated bracket entering games on Thursday.

AAC Bracket

Louisville Will Play Rutgers Today at 3:00

AP Photo/Al Behrman

AP Photo/Al Behrman

Louisville will play their first game in the AAC Tournament on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm ET against 7th seeded Rutgers, who defeated 10th seeded South Florida 72-68 yesterday. Rutgers improved to 12-20 with the win.

The last time these two teams met was on February 16 at the KFC Yum! Center as the Cards won 102-54. Luke Hancock had 25 points and was 6-8 from 3 while also having 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Russ Smith had 7 points. So let me repeat: Louisville scored 102 points and Russ Smith only had 7.

David Levitch played 5 minutes and had 4 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. So had he played 40 minutes, he would have had 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Not too bad. However, he did have 3 fouls in those 5 minutes, so maybe the whole 40 minute thing wouldn’t have happened.

If Louisville advances, they will face the winner of (3) SMU and (6) Houston tomorrow at 7:00 pm ET.

Harrell and Smith make All-AAC First Team; Rozier makes All-Rookie Team

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Press release from the American Athletic Conference. 

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

Three unanimous selections highlight All-Conference First Team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player, were among the five players chosen for the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, as voted by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made Tuesday by Commissioner Mike Aresco.

Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, UConn guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville guard Russ Smith were unanimous choices of the head coaches for the first team. They were joined on the team by Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell and SMU guard Nic Moore.

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Men’s Basketball AAC Tournament Bracket

The Louisville Cardinals clinched a share of the American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, but lost the #1 seed to Cincinnati on a coin flip. Honestly, the #2 seed may have been a better draw. Either way, with the way this team is playing, I would have been fine either way.

AAC Bracket

Scenarios for Louisville to Win the American Athletic Conference

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American Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Cincinnati 14-3 25-5
Louisville 14-3 25-5
Connecticut 12-5 24-6
Southern Methodist 12-5 23-7
Memphis 11-6 22-8
Houston 8-9 16-14
Rutgers 5-12 11-19
South Florida 3-14 12-18
UCF 3-14 11-17
Temple 3-14 8-21
From GoCards.com

Louisville will be playing for at least a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday against UConn. If either Louisville or Cincinnati wins and the other loses Saturday, then the winner is the outright regular-season champion and the No. 1 seed.

If both win, then the SMU-Memphis game comes into play. If Louisville, Cincinnati and SMU win, then Louisville gets the top seed (would be 4-0 against SMU/UConn, while Cincinnati would be 2-2). If Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis win, then a coin flip will determine the 1/2 seeds. Both UC and UofL would be 4-2 against the group of SMU/UConn/Memphis, which would be tied at 12-6.

If both lose, then Louisville is No. 1 if SMU beats Memphis (UofL 3-1 vs SMU/UConn; Cincinnati is 2-2) and Cincinnati is No. 1 if Memphis beats SMU (Cincinnati 3-1 vs SMU/Memphis; Lou 2-2).

Any teams that tie for first place are declared regular-season champions, regardless of seed.

The complete seedings will be determined on Saturday for the American Athletic Conference Championship to be played March 12-15 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

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.

Women’s Basketball AAC Tournament Bracket

Here is the bracket for the women’s basketball American Athletic Conference Tournament. It will be held March 7-10 in (you guessed it) Connecticut. It will be at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Women's bracket

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.

 

 

 

 

Baseball: Zach Lucas Named AAC Player of the Week

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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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Louisville Tabbed 2014 American Athletic Conference Softball Preseason Favorite

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PRESS RELEASE

Following a 2013 season that saw the program’s 10th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, the No. 19/18 Louisville Cardinals top the 2014 American Athletic Conference Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as selected by the conference’s eight head coaches.

Louisville received six of seven possible first place votes for 48 total points to take the honor. The Cardinals are coming off an impressive 2013 season, which saw the program post a 47-13 overall record and an 18-4 conference mark in the former Big East. Despite finishing third in the Big East in the regular season and falling to eventual champion USF in the Big East Championship semifinals, Louisville earned an at-large selection to the 2013 NCAA Tournament and home field advantage in the Regional round. The 2014 Cardinal squad will feature eight letterwinners and six starters returning, including senior and 2013 NFCA Second Team All-American second baseman Katie Keller. Four other seniors and Big East award winners, pitchers Rachel LeCoq and Caralisa Connell, outfielder Hannah Kiyohara and catcher Maggie Ruckenbrod, will join Keller in pursuit of an 11th straight NCAA bid, all of which have come under 14th-year head coach Sandy Pearsall.

No. 25/23 USF took the second-place slot in the Preseason Poll, picking up one first place vote and 44 overall points. The reigning Big East Champions, the Bulls earned their first-ever conference championship last season and advanced to their second-straight NCAA Tournament, which marked the 11th appearance in program history. Head coach Ken Eriksen became the all-time winningest coach in any sport in USF history last season, leading his Bulls to a 45-16 record (18-3 Big East). USF has a wealth of talent returning for 2014, including NFCA Third Team All-American pitcher Sara Nevins, who posted a 1.20 ERA last season. 2013’s top hitter, Kourtney Salvarola, and NFCA All-Regional selection Stephanie Medina will anchor USF as seniors at shortstop and first base, respectively.

2014 American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll

School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Louisville (6) 48
2. USF (1) 44
3. Houston 37
4. UCF 29
5. Rutgers 23
T6. UConn 15
T6. Memphis 15
8. Temple 13

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2 Cards Honored With AAC Swimmers Of The Week

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PRESS RELEASE

Louisville’s Joao De Lucca and Tanja Kylliainen were recognized today as Swimmers of the Week from the American Athletic Conference. De Lucca was named Male Swimmer of the Week for the conference-best sixth time this season, while Kylliainen was honored as Female Swimmer of the Week for the second time.

 

De Lucca led the No. 7 Cardinals to victories over Kentucky and Notre Dame over the weekend, taking first place four times as an individual and was a part of two winning relays.  He posted two NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 200-yard freestyle, with a best time of 1:36.05. The senior also added two more ‘B’ cuts in the 100-yard freestyle, in 43.57 and 44.14. He helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team win twice, including a pool record 2:58.17. All six of his individual swims were among the 100 fastest in the nation this year.

 

Kylliainen was key as the Louisville women downed rival Kentucky 193-107 on Senior Day. She won her three individual events, led by a victory in the 200-yard butterfly that eclipsed her NCAA Invite time from last season and was the 20th best time in the country this year. She also touched the wall in 2:00.35 in the 200-yard IM, recording a NCAA ‘B’ cut

Louisville’s De Lucca Takes Swimming And Diving Award

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The second American Athletic Conference swimming and diving awards of the 2013-14 season were announced on Monday, with athletes from Louisville and Cincinnati taking awards. Cardinal senior Joao De Lucca was named American Athletic Conference male Swimmer of the Week, while Cincinnati freshman Jackie Keire was named female Swimmer of the Week.

A defending NCAA champion, De Lucca had a strong performance in an upset victory for the No. 19 Cardinals as they beat No. 12 Tennessee for the first time in school history, winning 167.5-132.5. De Lucca had two individual victories, in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle, while placing second in the 50-yard freestyle. De Lucca swam the 100-yard freestyle in 44.02, the top time in the NCAA thus far, while swimming the fifth best time in the NCAA with a 1:37.44 in the 200 freestyle. Both results were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

Louisville Basketball Schedule: Piece Of Cake?

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Well if you are a Louisville Cardinal fan the talk of the past 24 hours from the majority of bbn has not been surprising. Before I begin I want to make this statement: I have friends and family that are uk fans, went there, and played there. It is because of them that I have never once mentioned them negatively in any of my work. That’s going to be tarnished a bit today. Where do I begin? Oh yeah, our schedule…

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Louisville Volleyball Projected To Win The AAC, Also Preseason Conference P.O.Y And All-Conference Team Announced

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Well in the case the P in P.O.Y. stands for players. Seniors Emily Juhl and Brooke Mattingly have been tabbed the American Athletic Conferences’ inaugural Pre-season Players Of The Year. Also the Cards were tabbed to win the conference in its’ first season. 4 Cards were named 1st team pre-season all-conference selections including 3 unanimous picks. Sr Caitlin Welch joins Mattingly and Juhl as unanimous selections. Hannah Kvittle was the 4th person selected. The following is a press release via TheAmerican.org

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Charlie Strong at AAC Media Day (Video)

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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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