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Highlights: Louisville defeats North Carolina 71-65

That was fun.

Pitino, Lee, Lewis, and Mitchell UNC postgame

Enjoy the postgame comments from Rick Pitino, Damion Lee, Trey Lewis, and Donovan Mitchell after Louisville’s 71-65 win over North Carolina.

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Rick Pitino previews UNC in latest blog

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Start your week off with a quick preview of North Carolina from Rick Pitino in his latest blog. He also recaps the loss to Virginia if you would like to check out the full post, but for me, it’s time to move on to tonight’s game. Here is what Pitino says about the Tar Heels and about the Cards moving forward.

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Starting line up: justifying January 

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Oh it’s cold, so cold #cardnation.. It usually is this time of the year. But of course I want to talk about basketball. Louisville basketball in January tends to leave me scratching my head. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the stunner yesterday and mentally prepare myself, and hopefully you #cardnation, for the next storm arriving downtown tomorrow out of North Carolina.

Brainstorming for this post, these guys were listed as the ones I believe have made the biggest jump into their respective classes this far into the season. That being said, notta single one-a them logged a stat that impressed me or the critics yesterday. I’m not going to list said lack of numbers for my 4 guys because you know and I know that’s not them, and their potential ceiling has me feeling some type of way. Like I said, January is cold for Louisville… And I’m glad that’s over. These are the guys that absolutely have to leap into February or we are toast in conference play of the Atlantic coast.

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Pitino, Mitchell, Adel, and Lewis Virginia postgame

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Here are the videos of Rick Pitino, Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Trey Lewis following the loss against Virginia. The transcript for Rick Pitino’s comments are also below. He says he saw this day coming. Let’s just have a warning of it next time so we don’t get so amped up. Thanks.

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Rick Pitino talks about the win over Virginia Tech

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Louisville went on the road Wednesday night and got the 91-83 win over Virginia Tech. Here is what Coach Pitino had to say after the game.

Opening statement

(Virginia Tech Buzz Williams) would make a great pro coach. I’m not trying to get rid of him. But he’d make a great pro coach because he puts you in pick-and-roll isolations that hurt Virginia, that hurt us. They hurt everybody with it. That’s the professional game. To use 15, 16 seconds of the clock puts you in situations that are very difficult to guard. So he does a lot of great things with the pick-and-roll. We had to win this game on offense tonight.

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Highlights: Louisville defeats Virginia Tech 91-83

Layup Lines: Louisville @ Virginia Tech

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The Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 5-1) hit the road on Wednesday night and take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-8, 4-3), coached by Buzz Williams, pictured above doing an incredible Buzz Kick. Any road win in the ACC is big, and this one is no different. Virginia Tech is much improved, and it will take an exceptional effort for the Cards to leave Blacksburg with the W. Let’s look over some pregame notes.

Game Facts

Spread: Louisville opened as 9.5 point favorites.

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Transcript: Rick Pitino post-game Georgia Tech

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Louisville defeated Georgia Tech on Saturday 75-71 to improve to 16-3 on the season and 5-1 in the ACC. Here are Rick Pitino’s comments after the game.

Opening statement

Of all the teams we’ve played, their coaching staff takes away and knows what we run offensively and defensively better than any team in the conference. You always know it’s going to be a dogfight because they know what we run so well. They hurt our press and they do certain things that other teams don’t do, so I want to give them a lot of credit. They’ve had a lot of difficult losses, but our guys are a gutty basketball team in pulling out a victory.

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Pitino, Mitchell, Snider, and Lee postgame Florida State

Louisville had an impressive showing on Wednesday night when they beat Florida State 84-65. Here are comments after the game from Rick Pitino, Donovan Mitchell, Quentin Snider, and Damion Lee. Transcript of Pitino’s comments are below the videos.

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Cards order up a win, but hold the Bacon

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Well if you are still reading this after that headline, thank you. All four of you are appreciated! The Louisville Cardinals dismantled Florida State on Wednesday night by a final score of 84-65, and that is with the ‘Noles finishing the game on a 10-0 run against the Louisville reserves. This was a 25-30 point game for a lot of the second half. The Cards dominated this one from start to finish and now find themselves in 2nd place in the ACC.

Offense and defense clicking

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Highlights: Louisville defeats Florida State 84-65

Video: Donovan Mitchell dunk vs Florida State

Yikes!

Rick Pitino previews Florida State

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Opening statement

PITINO: Well, I’ll tell you basically what I tell the team is basically buckle your seat belts because it’s gonna be one helluva ride in the ACC. It reminds me so much of the Big East in its prime in terms of, you know, you see it going one way, then all of a sudden you see now you have Virginia and Clemson near the top, you see Georgia Tech playing real well. Syracuse looks like they’re out of it, now they get hot. Duke loses three, Virginia loses three and then suddenly the thing’s upside down, and then it will turn back. It will be a roller coaster ride that will drive fans and coaches crazy, but it will be a lot of fun playing this type of competition, needless to say.

Q: Is it even more unpredictable than you thought going in?

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Nanu Your Business

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Last night in Louisville’s ACC Big East bout against Pitt, I finally turned the corner.  We heard all summer how Chinanu Onuaku vastly improved his skill-set and was moving up draft boards and primed for a great year.  I didn’t buy it.  I thought he looked good, but I was not feeding into the hype just yet.  There were flashes this season, those games where you saw the potential but you also saw the frustrating travels and a fan favorite, the moving screen.  I was a little skeptical of the Granny Shot Assassin and believed that if part of our 2015-2016 success relies on his abilities then we were in for a roller coaster of a year.

Then Pitt happened.

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Pitino, Mitchell, Onuaku, and Lee Pittsburgh postgame

Louisville beat Pittsburgh 59-41 on Thursday night, and after the game, Rick Pitino met with the media to talk about it. We also heard from Donovan Mitchell, Chinanu Onuaku, and Damion Lee.

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Rick Pitino previews Pittsburgh

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The Cards take on 17/20 ranked Pittsburgh (14-1) tonight at 9:00 at the KFC Yum! Center. On Wednesday, Rick Pitino talked about the game, the loss to Clemson, the graduate transfer policy, and more. The transcript is below…

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 1/9/16

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This was a fun show as we were joined in studio by Marques Maybin. We talked a lot of basketball and got into some football as well. The main football topic was focused on Lamar Jackson and if he has the potential to make it to New York for the Heisman ceremony next year. Give it a listen below!

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Cards escape NC State with 77-72 win; my 6 takeaways

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Louisville went on the road Thursday and picked up a big conference win over NC State. It looked at times like the Cards were ready to “boom” them and put the game out of reach, but NC State hung in there and made it a game down to the buzzer. Win by 20 or win by 5, a road win in the ACC is solid. Here are my six takeaways following the game…

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Pitino, Lee, Onuaku, and Mitchell Wake Forest postgame

Here are the postgame comments after the win over Wake Forest from Rick Pitino, Damion Lee, Chinanu Onuaku, and Donovan Mitchell. The Cards won 65-57 to start 1-0 in ACC play. Next up will be a road game at NC State this Thursday at 7:00.

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