Well that one certainly was a good start to this big Saturday in UofL sports! The Cards knocked off North Florida 89-61 to improve to 3-0 on the season, and there were plenty of good things to point out from this one.
The Cards beat Hartford 87-52 on Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center to improve to 2-0 on the season. After the game, Quentin Snider, Trey Lewis, and Damion Lee spoke to the media about the game. Read the rest of this entry
Quick game notes from GoCards.com:
Date: Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (82-13 in 6th yr.)
Television: ESPN3 – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Doug Ormay, analyst (Sirius channel 132, XM 194)
Series History: Louisville leads 2-0 (2-0 in Louisville)
Last Meeting: UofL 87, Hartford 48 (Nov. 19, 2013 at KFC Yum! Center; Hall of Fame Tipoff)
UofL National Ranking: unranked (receiving votes in both polls)
Officials: Les Jones, Wally Rutecki, Gary Prager
Next UofL Game: Nov. 21 vs. North Florida, 12:02 p.m. ET, Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Inv., KFC Yum! Center (ESPN3)
The Louisville Cardinals return to the court this evening to take on the Hartford Hawks, who hail from West Hartford, Connecticut and will bring their 1-1 record into the KFC Yum! Center. On paper, this is one that the Cards should win, but as we have already seen in this young college basketball season, anything can happen. Don’t take anything for granted.
I won’t begin to hype up Hartford like they are Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, or any other powerhouse that Louisville faces this season. But here are some things to look for tonight…
Coach Pitino’s press conference after the Cards defeated Samford 86-45 on Friday night at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cards opened their basketball season with the 86-45 win over Samford on Friday night. Here are a few highlights.
Rick Pitino met with the media on Thursday afternoon to cover a slew of topics. He talks about Kyle Kuric, the two newest signings Frankie Hughes and VJ King, and talks about his current team. The Cards take on Samford Friday night at 7:00.
Great video from TheCrunchZone.com here.
I am all for Rick Pitino stepping up the blogging game this season. So far, he has done that. If he is putting out a blog after an exhibition game against Bellarmine, maybe that means we will hear from the Coach more frequently this season on the interwebs.
Here are a couple notable parts from the latest blog:
The Cards defeated Bellarmine in an exhibition game 71-55 on Sunday afternoon. After the game, Rick Pitino, Mangok Mathiang, Quentin Snider, and Trey Lewis all gave their comments on the win.
Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…
These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.
Coach Pitino met with the media after Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage. He talked about many things, including Quentin Snider and Trey Lewis playing together, Mangok Mathiang being out, Chinanu Onuaku’s fouls, and more.
He was also asked if the scrimmage was a relief after everything that is going on, so he went into some scandal talk for a few minutes.
Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Louisville Cardinals basketball team starting tomorrow as the Cards begin their 9 game (6 day) stretch in Puerto Rico. If you are able to catch any games, the schedule is listed below.
University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule
vs. Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams
Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.
Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…
Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku has the opportunity to win a gold medal this afternoon. His USA team will play Croatia for the FIBA U19 World Championship today at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Through 6 games in this tournament, all wins, here are Onuaku’s per game stats:
He is really doing it. Chinanu Onuaku is shooting free throws underhanded in the FIBA World Championship games, and I hope he keeps it up for this season at UofL. In yesterday’s 83-53 win over Iran, Onuaku finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds (all offensive), 2 assists, and only 1 foul in 14 minutes. He was 2-4 from the free throw line. Here is video of one of those makes.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Louisville Cardinals appear to be one of the teams that will be playing in the Battle for Atlantis in the 2016-17 season.
That is a great start to the field that will battle it out in the Bahamas. The first thing that sticks out to me is a possible matchup against Michigan State. As you know, the Cards will play the Spartans this coming season in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. So there is a chance that they could meet for the third consecutive year in the Battle for Atlantis.
The summer has gotten off to a good start for Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku. Not only has he improved his free throw shooting by going with the underhanded shot, but he went and tried out for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team with 20 other players and ended up making the final roster of 12.
Chinanu Onuaku was 14-30 from the free throw line last season for 46.7%. Near the end of the season, head coach Rick Pitino said that Onuaku had been practicing free throws underhanded. It turns out that the underhanded method just may be a thing for Onuaku this coming season. He has even started to utilize the shot while he is in Colorado trying out for the USA U19 World Championship Team.
Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku is in Colorado Springs, Colorado trying to make the USA U19 World Championship Team. Training camp began with 21 players and Onuaku survived the first cut that took it down to 16 finalists. The team will eventually be cut down to a final roster of 12 players when camp ends on June 21.
From usab.com, here are the final 16 players:
On Saturday, training camp will begin for the 2015 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team. The camp will be from June 13-26 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the United States Olympic Training Center. 21 players will participate at training camp. Finalists will be announced on June 15, and the roster will eventually be cut down to 12 players.
The 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship runs from June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Why is this news that Louisville fans should care about? Because Chinanu Onuaku is one of the 21 players that will be trying out for the team. I think it would be great if he makes the team. Obviously, if he doesn’t and he is still in Louisville, he will be working on getting better on the court. That is a given. But if he can work on his game while also getting to go through an experience like this and getting to travel and play with other young talented players, it will only make him better and probably more mature.
Here is a roster breakdown from USAB.com: