That is the closest you will ever see me get to putting up anything with the word kentucky when referencing the basketball team. I despise them with all that I am but I also won’t sit here and slander them. Unlike some in this city, I really am not cut like that. (Sorry Charlie) I got on Twitter this morning and tried to tell the uk fan friends I had not to worry and the UL fan friends I had not to gloat because uk would still be in the Top 25 today and they would sit at 25:
This is the 1st year I can remember where there were only 27 teams in the country worthy of ranking. Would not shock me to see us 10 & uk 25—
#BestInTheWorld55 (@Jeremy_CSZ) March 03, 2014
There’s proof. But you say…Jeremy you hate uk, why would you say that? It’s just this simple. There are only about 23-25 quality teams in the country this year and everyone else lost also this week. The gap between 26 and 27 is huge. Almost as big as the gap between 5 and 6 in the AAC. Don’t believe me, here are the stats for the lowest ranked team in the country every week this season:
CardNation, Sydney Brackemyre needs you! Voting is open for the Ohio National Guard Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award. Our own Sydney is in the running for this prestigious award decided by fan vote. You can vote as many times as you like and voting is open until 4 p.m. on March 16. Get out there and do what you do guys…vote….vote….vote!
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*Sydney Brackemyre, Clinton-Massie, SR
Rebounded from an ACL injury that ended her junior season prematurely to excel as a senior. Headed to Louisville, Brackemyre surpassed 1,000-career points with 23 in a win over Waterford at the Pickerington Shootout. Called the best D-II player in Ohio by the Dabbelt Report and named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR. Averaging 15 points and eight rebounds.
Tony Grantham, Todd’s brother, was named the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville also on Thursday after spending the last six seasons at the Naval Academy.
Tony Grantham, in addition to serving the past six seasons as Navy’s outside linebackers coach, has been with the Naval Academy for 10 years overall.
He was influential in guiding Navy to a 9-4 record last season and a win over Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The 2013 Navy team was just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games, beat Army, and win a bowl game. The Navy defense held eight of its 13 opponents below their scoring average for the season.
“Tony is a great young coach,” said head coach Bobby Petrino. “I like what he did at Navy and am excited for him to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm to Louisville. Tony is a great addition to our defensive staff.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, Todd Grantham was tabbed by University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino to become the school’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Thursday.
Todd comes to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, including two seasons as the associate head coach. During his time with Georgia, the Bulldogs advanced to four-consecutive bowl games and compiled a 36-18-1 record with Grantham at the helm of the defense.
“To get a coach like Todd Grantham on our staff says a lot about our program,” Petrino said. “I’ve had the opportunity to compete against Todd’s defenses over the years and have been very impressed with his scheme and how hard his players compete. Todd will be a great addition to lead our defense.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 17 Louisville men’s soccer team will open the 2013 NCAA Championship with a first round matchup against the University of Denver on Tonight at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/youth and can be purchased through the U of L Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are also available by calling (502) 852-5151 or online here. Live video of the Cardinals and Pioneers will be available free of charge at GoCards.com and NCAA.com, while live scoring will be provided through the Gametracker feature on the Louisville men’s soccer schedule page at GoCards.com.
The Cardinals enter the 2013 NCAA Championship at 11-4-3 overall after winning the American Athletic Conference regular season championship. In its last outing, Louisville was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the American Conference Championship on Nov. 9 with a 1-0 loss to Rutgers. Denver enters the NCAA Championship at 13-3-3 overall after sweeping the Summit League regular season and tournament titles to earn an automatic bid. The winner of the Louisville-Denver game will advance to a second round matchup against No. 11 seed Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET in East Lansing, Mich.
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Here is the AP Top 25 Women’s Basketball Poll for this Monday, November 18th, The ESPN Coaches Poll will be released tomorrow:
|AP Top 25|
- Others receiving votes: Iowa 38, Dayton 37, Georgia Tech 26, Marquette 24, George Washington 16, Texas 15, Middle Tennessee 9, Vanderbilt 8, Ohio State 6, Florida State 4, UCLA 3, West Virginia 3, Saint Mary’s 1, James Madison 1, Rutgers 1
- Dropped from rankings: Dayton 23
Here are the Bowl projections from around the country for the Cards as of this week:
Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Virginia Tech
Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs Virginia Tech
|BOWL (MATCHUP)||Mark Schlabach||Brad Edwards|
|Russell Athletic (ACC vs. American)||Miami (FL) vs. Louisville||Virginia Tech vs. Louisville|
I know this is uk week but I had to share this special story. I messaged John Schneider last week when I was told about a story of a wedding. I know, I don’t seem like much of a wedding reporter seeing that I write for CardinalSportsZone.com. Nevertheless, I was told about two people, Vonnie Allen (his Aunt) and Jeff Miller. I was told about their magical plans to be wed on September 21st. I was told about their magical plans to be married outside. I was told about their plans to tailgate that morning at 8 a.m….on their wedding day. My first thought was, heck yeah Tailgating then Wedding, how could this get any more awesome? I was then told that at 10am before the FIU game at fairgrounds inside gate 4 in the paved lot there would be a Tailgate Wedding. Amazing. I said that this wedding will truly be rare and darn near one of a kind. John said that everyone was invited. Of course they were. There are levels to this awesomeness. I asked the couple why a Tailgate Wedding?
Former Louisville golf star, Adam Hadwin, is appearing in his second majors championship this weekend at the 2013 U.S. Open Championship.
Adam Hadwin was one of three co-medallists after going nine under through 36 holes in the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. His performance earned him a ticket to play at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania for the 113th U.S. Open Championship.
Hadwin’s first majors championship appearance was in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, DC. Finishing tied for 39th, he was the top Canadian at the championship.
Adam is back at the Open this year competing with some of the best in the sport such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.
Hadwin tees off at 6:01pm. Live coverage is on ESPN until 3pm when it switches over to NBC (WAVE 3).