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CBS Sports says Louisville had 2nd best college sports season in 2014-15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.

Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:

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2014-15 Year in Review by Crums Revenge

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Man there is nothing like being a fan of the Louisville Cardinals. Thank you Mike (Crums Revenge); you have done it again.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 22)

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This week on 55…..

We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about the Cards trips to Seattle and Tampa. Sweet 16 and National Champions? Yeah we got those too. We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics and I do mean EVERYTHING. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). We ask again, what’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? We let you continue to teas you later after many weeks of clues. WAYNE 1K! just as I told you….

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Louisville Women’s Basketball Earns a 3 Seed…in UConn’s Bracket

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

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The women’s basketball selection show took place on Monday night, and the Louisville Cardinals (25-6) learned they will be a 3 seed in the Albany, New York region. Their first game is Saturday at 4 pm ET in Tampa, Florida against the 14-seed BYU Cougars. The game will be shown on ESPN2. BYU is 23-9 this season and they won the WCC Tournament.

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NCAA Selection Show Podcast

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Good morning CSZNation (Yes, I’m still trying to make this a thing, deal with it) Hopefully you have had a great weekend and have enjoyed a few days off. I know I have. Our podcast schedule for this week has changed just a little bit. Normally we run Monday’s and Friday’s at noon. Not this week. Tomorrow night we are going to do a special selection show at http://tobtr.com/s/7434917 at 7pm EST. Why tomorrow night when today is selection Sunday? Good question. The answer is twofold. 1) We want to watch the selection show tonight and have time to break it down. 2) The Women’s selection show is happening tomorrow night and we would like to bring their selection to you live. So there you have it. Tune in tomorrow night and check out Steve, Justin and myself as we flawlessly predict the entire tourney. We will also have on special guests Daryl Foust and College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. I myself cannot wait to see where Rick Pitino & Jeff Walz teams end up this season in the tourney brackets. Give us a call to let us know what you think will go down in the NCAA Tournament as well at (914) 338-0180. Should be a blast so tune in, call us and join in.

Go Cards!

(Check out all previous versions of the CardinalSportsZone Podcast at www.CardinalSportsZone.com/Podcast)

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55 (Season 2 Episode 20)

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This week on 55…..

We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). We go over the silent (K) assassin and new commits, uniforms,rescheduled soccer and the Big Snack! Just a few more episodes of 55 left for the regular season. What’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? Clues later.

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Asia Durr Scores 52 Points in High School State Tournament

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

This happened on Wednesday night and I am just now seeing it. Some things manage to slip through! But future Louisville Cardinal Asia Durr put up 52 points last night for her high school team in the state tournament! Here is more from AJC.com in Atlanta.

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Louisville vs North Carolina Women’s Basketball Highlights

Great comeback win for the Cards over North Carolina. Haven’t we said that that already this season?

Basketball in Kentucky: It’s Happening Here

Photo: rantsports.com

Photo: rantsports.com

No title seemed more appropriate than the slogan that is used for the University of Louisville (It’s happening here). I mean the actual University, not just athletics. At least that is the last slogan I am aware of, not sure if it has changed again.

When I started this post, it was going to only be about the men’s and women’s basketball teams at UofL. I was going to tell you about their combined record of 27-2 overall and how the men are ranked 5th and the women are 6th, for an average of 5.5 between the two teams. But there was just something I couldn’t ignore. I wish I could, but I couldn’t.

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Louisville Men’s Basketball #7 in AP Poll; Women are #12

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

The Louisville Cardinals have both of their basketball teams ranked in the Top 15 of the AP poll. The men jumped up 1 spot this week to #7, and the women stayed put at #12.

The men (1-0) have two games this week. Tonight they face Jacksonville State at 7:00 and Friday they play Marshall at 9:00. Both games are at home. The women (2-0) host Belmont on Thursday at 7:00.

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Louisville Women’s Basketball Picked 3rd in ACC

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The ACC released their preseason picks for many different categories like Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, how the teams will finish, and more. One positive about the Cards being in the ACC is not having to be in the same conference as UConn. However, Notre Dame is still a very formidable league opponent.

Coach Jeff Walz has his Louisville Cardinals right there on the doorstep of a National Championship. Recruiting has never been better for the women’s basketball team, so things are only getting better. The Cards were picked to finish 3rd in the ACC this season. Here are the rest of the preseason categories.

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Jeff Walz Putting Together a Loaded 2015 Class

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

It is easy to just get wrapped up in the recruiting for men’s basketball and football. And in both of those sports, the Cards are doing very well. However, it is about time to start taking a look at what Jeff Walz is doing for the future of the women’s basketball team. He is putting together a class that will likely be in the top 3, and could possibly be #1 when it’s all said and done. That is pretty good for a team that was playing their home games in Cardinal Arena not too long ago.

ProspectsNation.com is a great resource for women’s basketball recruiting. According to their rankings, the Cards have one 5-star player and four 4-star players in the 2015 class. Asia Durr is obviously the gem of the group, but right now the LOWEST ranked commit is 36th in the country! Pretty impressive.

Class Year Overall Rank Position Rank Nat’l Rating Pos Name Statesort icon HT/PPG School
2015 1 1
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Asia Durr Georgia 5’10″/ L’ville
2015 12 5
G
Taja Cole Virginia 5’8″/ L’ville
2015 23 6
G
Brianna Jones New York 5’9″/ L’ville
2015 26 5
F
Samantha Fuehring New Jersey 6’2″/ L’ville
2015 36 8
P
Erin DeGrate Texas 6’5″/ L’ville

ESPN.com also puts together rankings for women’s basketball recruiting. When you look at that, you see that four out of the five commits are 5-stars! Here is how their list looks…

Asia Durr – #2 overall; 5-star player

Taja Cole – #29 overall; 5-star player

Erin DeGrate – #41 overall; 5-star player

Brianna Jones – #43 overall; 5-star player

Samantha Fuehring – #65 overall; 4-star player

All of this is coming on the heels of the 8th ranked class in 2014 according to ESPN. It’s only a matter of time. That National Championship is coming…

Jeff Walz Lands Another 4-star Recruit

Scout.com

Scout.com

Jeff Walz is putting together one heck of a class for the University of Louisville. The latest is 4-star forward Samantha Fuehring, who stands at 6’3. She plays at Immaculate Conception High School in New Jersey and is the 26th best player in the country according to ProspectsNation.com.

The Stemmys (My Midweek Awards)

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In this week’s edition of The Stemmys we touch on recruiting, Louisville Football and fantasy football!

The “Who’d you say can’t recruit?!” Award: Bobby Petrino

All we have heard is how Bobby isn’t getting it done on the recruiting trail. Well he shut that door this week with an emphatic SLAM!! Just this week alone Petrino landed former 4 star All-American WR Paul Harris and went into Bama country to steal 4 star LB Amonte Caban. The Cards now have the #27 class according to Rivals.com. Still say Bobby can’t recruit……….I’ll wait.

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wdrb.com

The Next Level Moment Award: Jeff Walz landing Asia Durr

This week Louisville Womens Basketball Coach Jeff Walz took the next step to winning a National Title when he landed the Nations #1 player Asia Durr. Walz has had some very talented teams while at Louisville but always seemed to be missing that one piece. Now Walz has that piece and the #1 recruiting class in the Nation. Ah I can see the Banner now.

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Incredible workout video with new Louisville commit Asia Durr!

If you haven’t heard, the nations #1 player Asia Durr is unreal!

Asia Durr, top women’s player, chooses Louisville

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

Jeff Walz just picked up what some people are saying is his biggest recruit ever! Asia Durr, ranked the #1 player in the country by many scouting services, has committed to Louisville over women’s basketball powerhouses Notre Dame, Baylor, Duke, and Maryland.

Durr is a 5’10 point guard from Douglasville, Georgia. ESPN ranks her as the top point guard in the country and the #2 player overall, and a 5-star player obviously.

As good as she is on the court, it appears Walz is getting one heck of a person off the court too. This from ESPN.com:

In addition, Durr, who carries a 3.2 GPA and is interested in studying sports management, is active in her community.

She has volunteered on behalf of the Shoes For Haiti campaign and has written letters to U.S. troops as part of the Works of Mercy service program. She has helped the homeless, working with the Destiny World Church ministry, and the hungry as part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

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Jeff Walz Gets a Big Commitment

Photo: wacotrib.com

Photo: wacotrib.com

Jeff Walz has just landed a big time commitment for the class of 2015. Erin DeGrate, a 6’4 (or 6’5 on some sites) center from Waco, Texas, was visiting Louisville this past weekend. She got back home to Texas and made her commitment official to the Cards. ProspectsNation.com ranks her as the 8th best center in the class, and the 36th best player overall.

In the end, DeGrate chose Louisville over offers from Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington, and Kansas.

Huge recruiting weekend for Jeff Walz including the Nations #1 player (Video)

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According to SwishAppeal.com the #1 player in the nation Asia Durr is one of five visitors on Louisville’s campus this weekend.

From SwishAppeal.com:

Per multiple reports, the nation’s number one prospect, Asia Durr, is visiting Louisville this weekend. Other players that are on official visits with the Cardinals are 6-foot-5 post Erin DeGrate, top-euro guard Angela Salvadores. Current commits Taja Cole and Brianna Jones are in town this weekend as well.

Durr (#1 player) narrowed her list to Louisville, Duke, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Maryland while DeGrate (top 50 player) is looking at Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Texas Tech, Washington, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

Asia Durr Mixtape

Three Cards selected in WNBA Draft

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The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.

Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.

Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.

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Shoni Schimmel Invited to WNBA Draft

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. – Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.

Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).

The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).

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