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Rick Pitino Red-White game press conference

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

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.

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Basketball Cards sing “Happy Birthday” to Coach Pitino

So this team seems sort of easy to root for. Friday was Rick Pitino’s 63rd birthday. It is so funny to watch over and over to see how different players react. Raymond Spalding wants no part of it. Anas can’t get enough. Freshman Donovan Mitchell is the leading the choir. And of course Jaylen Johnson remixes it all up.

Happy birthday coach P from the squad!!! We have way too much fun!! Love my bros🐔🐔👌🏾👌🏾💯💯 #HBD #L1C4

A video posted by Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) on

Box score for Louisville vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday



Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.

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Rick Pitino: This team is going to be a fan favorite

Photo: Tim Haag/

Photo: Tim Haag/

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…

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Report: Louisville Basketball heading back to Battle for Atlantis in 2016



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.

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Rick Pitino Gives a UofL Basketball Roster Breakdown

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

On Wednesday afternoon, Rick Pitino spoke to the Courier-Journal and gave a full roster breakdown for his team this upcoming season. Jeff Greer has the full article here of course, but I will just post a few of the ones that stuck out to me and that may interest you.

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Transcript of Rick Pitino’s End-of-Season Press Conference

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for almost 30 minutes to wrap up the season, which saddens me. It is about 8 days too early, but it happens. He said that Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell will both go pro, and also hints that a couple of players could transfer.

Since the press conference this afternoon, we learned that sophomore Anton Gill will transfer.

Transcript from Edited by me.

Video here

Opening statement

Before I leave on the recruiting trail, we had individual instructions and I missed you guys so I wanted to say goodbye to you one last time. You know, there’s good and bad in every season, and I’m not going to mislead you and tell you that it doesn’t hurt. Outside of the Christian Laettner loss, I think this was probably the second most-bitter defeat that we have faced, because, you know when Mangok made that first free throw which shouldn’t have gone in, I said, we’re going to win this thing and for a span of a short period of time all I could think of was, ‘We just have to play defense for four seconds.” At first there was three-point-something, and they changed it. And I said all we’ve got to do is play defense for four seconds and we’re in the Final Four, because I was positive the second one would go in after that luck. And it didn’t go in. And we missed a lot of free throws down the stretch, a lot of layups down the stretch, and that’s the bad.

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Pitino Talks Lineup/Roster Changes with the Courier-Journal

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Rick Pitino held an impromptu Q & A (question & answer…you’re welcome) on Friday night with Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. I will post just a little bit of that and then give you the link to read the rest.

Q: You said you were considering a change at center. Have you thought about going small?

Pitino: Well, we’ve done that before with Kyle Kuric. The only thing when you go small is it’s probably (freshman forward Jaylen Johnson) and Montrezl (Harrell). If you go small — you know, (freshman wing Shaqquan Aaron) and (sophomore guard Anton Gill) aren’t playing very well. I’ve gone long enough with Anton, trying my best to be patient … I’ve gotten to the point that I’ll go with David Levitch.

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Louisville Beats Virginia; Quick Post Game Thoughts



Is there anything else to be said? Well quite honestly, yes there is. It was a great game before Mangok Mathiang delivered the dagger to beat Virginia. Read that sentence again. My computer almost wouldn’t allow me to even type it. Terry Rozier gets trapped and delivers the ball to the open man. When you realize who that open man is and that HE IS ACTUALLY RISING UP TO TAKE THE SHOT, it was the classic “NO NO NO NO YESSSSSS” moment. And good for him. This may ignite him to finish the season strong. Or it could be the last positive thing he does. Who knows? Regardless, he had his moment tonight, and it was awesome!

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Rick Pitino Discusses Win Over Miami

Photo: Tim Haag/

Photo: Tim Haag/

Opening Statement

“Well I’m buying beer because we finally got 35 deflections. And we needed it. Montrezl (Harrell) got 11. We needed the deflections tonight because our defense had to win it for us. The reason we got off to such a bad start- I haven’t seen our guys do this- on every drive to the basket, including Montrezl, we were trying to lean into the guy to draw the foul, and it was taking us out of our offensive rhythm by doing that. Then, when you have a start like that, the guys start to panic and they don’t want to shoot, as Chris Jones had a wide open three. But in the second half, I said, `Let’s just play defense every possession. We will win the game. Get our deflections picked up because we had 20 at halftime, and that’s what I want to see.’

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Photo Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs Jacksonville State

Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)

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55 (Season 2 Episode 1)



It is finally that time of year! No silly, not football season, it is time for my weekly episodic series I affectionately name 55. First off I want to send a HUGE Shoutout to Tim Haag and Birds Nest Graphics for designing the new and permanent logo for 55. You can follow Tim at @UofLBirdsNest. I decided a permanent logo would help establish a familiar brand. If you guys find the number 55 in weird places still feel free to send them to me as they will still be included somehow. Without further adieu…..

This week on 55……….

We talk the promised land, We catch you up on a ton of things that have happened since I’ve been gone. (Please no Kelly Clarkson jokes) and a lot of other things that may or may not be of importance to you. I will bank on the fact they WILL. No pun intended. We will go over tonight’s huge Blackout. (The one on the field) So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This ………55.

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Louisville Basketball Updated Roster

With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.

0 Terry Rozier 6-1 185 G SO Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)
1 Anton Gill 6-3 185 G SO Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)
2 Quentin Snider 6-1 170 G FR Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
3 Chris Jones 5-10 175 G SR Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)
4 Dillon Avare 6-0 150 G RS FR Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)
5 Matz Stockman 7-2 240 F/C FR Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)
10 Jaylen Johnson 6-9 215 F FR Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)
12 Mangok Mathiang 6-10 210 F/C RS SO Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))
14 Anas Mahmoud 7-1 205 F FR Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)
15 Trent Gilbert 6-0 180 G FR Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)
21 Shaqquan Aaron 6-7 175 G FR Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)
22 Akoy Agau 6-8 230 F SO Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)
23 David Levitch 6-3 180 G SO Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)
24 Montrezl Harrell 6-8 240 F JR Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)
25 Wayne Blackshear 6-5 230 G/F SR Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
32 Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 230 F/C FR Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)
Rick Pitino – Head Coach
Kenny Johnson – Assistant Coach
Wyking Jones – Assistant Coach
Mike Balado – Assistant Coach
Doug Davenport – Director of Video Operations
David Padgett – Director of Basketball Operations
Michael Bowden – Asst. Video Coordinator
Stephanie Diebold-Davis – Basketball Receptionist
Ray Ganong – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fred Hina – Head Men’s Basketball Trainer
Jordan Sucher – Executive Assistant to Rick Pitino
Vincent Tatum – Equipment Manager
Wayne Turner – Program Assistant
Anthony Wright – Director of Academic Services

Report: Jaylen Johnson Cleared to Play Basketball for UofL


We told you this morning that freshman Jaylen Johnson was enrolled at UofL, but at that time, he still needed to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. According to WDRB’s Eric Crawford, that has now happened. It has not been made official by UofL just yet, but it is likely just a matter of time now before the 6’9 power forward is officially a member of the Louisville basketball team.

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Jaylen Johnson officially enrolled at Louisville

According to Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal Louisville freshman Jaylen Johnson is now enrolled at the school.

The Cards are expecting the 6’9 Johnson to give them minutes on the floor this season. Johnson is a versatile PF that will help back up Montrezl Harrell and could see limited minutes at the 3. Johnson will be behind the other freshman but seems to have been working hard on condition and ball skills while awaiting this process. All of the Cards 2014 class are now on campus.

Rick Pitino gives a summer update on the team

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from Below, I will give you the key notes from it…

The new Pelican…

-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.

-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.

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Final Stats from the KDF Basketball Classic


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Here are the final stats from Friday night’s Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.


Jaylen Johnson’s halftime dunks from the Derby Festival Basketball Classic

Future Louisville Cardinal Jaylen Johnson was in the finals of the dunk contest Friday night at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. He finished 2nd with 74 points, as Isaac Copeland scored 79. Copeland will play his college ball at Georgetown.

Here are the videos of Johnson’s dunks. He put on a Louisville shirt to get the crowd into it. And he brought out his mom for some help with the second dunk.

Derby Classic: Dunk Contest and 3-Point Finals will feature two future Cards tonight

Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Halftime of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is always an entertaining one. It is when they have the finals of the dunk contest and 3-point contest. At the Night of the Future Stars on the night before, they have the early rounds of those contests and then that sets up the finals for Friday night.

Tonight’s competitions both include future Louisville Cardinals. In the dunk contest, Jaylen Johnson will face off against Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and Devin Robinson (Florida).

Here is a video of Johnson’s first dunk from Thursday night with a little help from his future teammates. Video courtesy of Jody Demling from

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic Final Rosters and Information

Derby Classic

From the KDF Press Office:

April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.  The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services, and  Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.

Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

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