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Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books Entering the NCAA Tournament

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MICHAEL CONROY/ AP PHOTO

Entering the NCAA Tournament game vs Manhattan

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Russ Smith – 1,856

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Francisco Garcia Almost has to Fight a Sore Loser

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Remember when Louisville was playing at SMU and Luke Hancock was trying to dribble the clock out and not run up the score? Then the SMU player stole and ball and tried to dunk, so Luke dribbled down court and found Montrezl Harrell who pretty much ripped down the goal, and SMU fans got mad. Remember that? Luke then posted on instagram that if they want to play until the buzzer, then we will too. 

Well John Lucas, who plays for the Utah Jazz, apparently also wants to play until the buzzer when his team is getting dominated. The Rockets are trying to just dribble it out, and he wants to steal it and still play, so Francisco Garcia chases him down and still plays defense. Then Lucas goes into full out “big baby” mode.

He then realizes he wants no part of Cisco.

Russ Smith and the UofL Record Books

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Russ Smith continues his climb in the UofL record books in some categories. The biggest surprise to me is one where he isn’t even in the top 10 yet, and that is assists in a season. Russ needs 11 assists to tie Reece Gaines for the 10th most assists in a single season. Raise your hand if you ever predicted that would happen…now put your hands down you liars!

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Milt Wagner – 1,836

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55 (Episode 13)

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This week…..on 55…..

We talk 2014 Football signing class, emoticons and emoji, The valiant effort of the Women’s Basketball team (Not Lady Cards, been trying to spread the word coach) to a surprise for the loyal readers of 55, and so much more. Here’s a little backstory on this week’s 55 pic. The above picture is a speed limit sign from the frigid snow engulfed areas of Northern Wisconsin. Their motto is drive under 55 and you may stay alive. I wish I was kidding, I am not at all. We are doing our next #CardFam Lunch this Sunday at noon at BW3′s on Dixie, all are welcome, just DM me and let me know for head count purposes. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55

1) I am starting a promotion for my loyal and wonderful supporters of the #55movement (Just made that up). Starting next Monday I will let you guys write a portion of 55. Just tweet me #First15 and I will let you write the first 15 lines of 55. It’s that simple. Shoutout to @TurtleBITW for getting my brain turning and coming up with this idea. Everyone will get to do it. I will randomize the order. That easy.

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3) I did NOT get the idea from this book

4) Speaking of

5) I posed a question on Twitter last night about whether or not dudes should send other dudes smiley faces or tongue sticking out faces or emojis or emoticons in general. I said RT for Yes and Fav for No. I had a few speak on it instead of following Twitter survey etiquette but here is the question and results.

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7) No RT and all favorites…

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9) Haha indeed

10) I had a friend tell me I needed emoji for dummies….But “he” uses them and knew the name of the book….

11) >__<

12) Moving forward

13) Today Greg Brown, an NFL coaching veteran and former collegiate defensive coordinator, has joined the University of Louisville football’s coaching staff as the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator. Brown spent 15 years in the NFL before going to Alabama in 2013 as secondary coach under Nick Saban.

14) Kelsi Jones was named the inaugural AAC Player of the Week as UofL Softball started the season with a tough 3-2 record on the weekend. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend heading to Jacksonville with games against #17 Mizzou, #36 Notre Dame & #39 North Carolina. Good Luck girls!

15) On Sunday the Women’s Tennis team annihilated Conference foe Cincy 7-0 at home. The Cards are on a 3 match winning streak and will head to Wisconsin Friday.

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My All-Time Starting 5 of Pitino-coached UofL Players: Justin

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Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

After thinking about it for a few days, I finally made my votes on the poll. I checked up on the results as the week went on, just to get a feel for how everyone else was voting. That clearly didn’t influence my picks as you will see. When the question was first thrown at me a few weeks ago in a group text chat by Chris Tingley, it immediately started a debate: Who would your starting 5 be at Louisville in the Rick Pitino era? Everyone has their favorite players that just can’t be replaced by anyone else, and everyone has their reasons why they may have chosen certain players. So here is my starting 5 with a few reasons…

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The Dream Team: Daryl’s starting 5

Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

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Now this wasn’t an easy choice for me. I’ve always been a ‘guard kind of gal’…if that’s a thing. This is who run’s the offense, my favorite aspect of the game. Some of my first cognitive memories following Cardinal basketball were lead by THE Reece Gaines. One word… Tennessee. I recall being on a field trip in from Audubon in the SAC at UofL (yes I was one of those annoying school kids causing extra lunch traffic…if you can imagine…) and our group ran into Reece Gaines on campus. I followed the elementary crowd asking for autographs not realizing at the time the significance of this run-in. Lo and behold, 15 years later I’d buy the man a shot of Patron at a Wicks Wednesday event after his return to Louisville to coach at Bellarmine.

While it has been recorded that even Dwayne Wade called Reece the best college player he had ever faced, my choice at the PG position in the Pitino era is without a doubt the one and only, Peyton Siva. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s my class’ point guard. Meaning him and I entered college the same year, a very important time in both of our lives. He, of course, finished before me… but whatever, man. I like to think that I watched Siva grow as a player his entire career at Louisville while I, myself, was searching for an identity in my own realm. For years I watched ‘fans’ bash the man’s game when he would turn the ball over in a critical moment or miss the potential game winning shot. But what do we expect from fans in a ‘microwave society’, as Coach P puts it. I never lost faith in Peyton and despite size difference favoring Reece, I’m looking at the guys’ hands. Peyton wears five titles… Big East Tournament Champion and MVP 2012 & 2013 and NCAA National Champion.

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Who Is Your All-Time Starting 5 Of Rick Pitino Players at UofL: Steven

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Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

I’ve said many times that I will cry the day Rick Pitino retires. Pitino is everything a head coach should be and through the years has had some tremendous players. But if I am putting together a Louisville Rick Pitino Dream Team, it’s going to look like this (All Pics from High School):

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Who Is Your All-Time Starting 5 Of Rick Pitino Players at UofL: Jeremy

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Fans’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

I am gonna start this off by being honest. I went to UofL to finish my Bachelors degree from 05-06 and was around that basketball team 365 since I had so many friends on that team. I may be a little biased. I may not be. Who knows? Oh yeah, I do. Well here goes my top 5 UofL players of the Rick Pitino Era.

Yes that’s a Rick Pitino bobblehead I got in 05 looking over my signed Final Four ball. I truly believe it is bugged……Sorry coach

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Fans have chosen their all-time starting 5 for UofL players under Rick Pitino

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First of all, thanks to everyone who voted on this. I think it was a really cool topic to vote on and discuss with other fans. Hopefully we can do more of these in the future. On the results, the % is rounded, so it may not equal exactly 100% for some reason. So without further adieu, here is the all-time starting 5 for UofL players under Rick Pitino that the fans voted…

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Who is your starting 5 of Rick Pitino players at UofL?

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My friend Chris Tingley posed this question to me a couple of weeks ago, and it is very interesting and fun to talk about. Of all the players that Rick Pitino has coached at the University of Louisville, who would be your starting 5? Now I will say that some players did play multiple positions, and after discussion, we decided to only have each player on 1 poll. So guys like Francisco Garcia, Larry O’Bannon, Ellis Myles, and Samardo Samuels had to be placed in only 1 category, even though we are well aware that those guys (and others) could be on different polls.

Please vote for each position. This will run until the end of the week on Thursday night, so that will give us time to get the word out all week and get as many people as possible to vote on this.

Houston Rockets team prank doesn’t scare Francisco Garcia

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Francisco Garcia’s clutch 3 pointer beats Marquette!

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By Justin Renck:

Another awesome finish in the Louisville-Marquette series happened on February 17, 2005. The 3rd ranked Cards trailed by 11 to unranked Marquette with 5:38 left in the game. After trailing 61-50, Louisville put the clamps on and Marquette did not score the rest of the game.

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Cardinal News & Notes: Weekend Edition

Off-season? What do you mean? When you follow an athletic program like the University of Louisville, there is ALWAYS something going on and news to talk about. Such is the case recently. We will try to get you caught up on all of that right here with our news & notes about different teams of the program, alumni doing big things, and just any other news worth sharing. Enjoy!

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UofL-Marquette: Francisco Garcia

 

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