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4 Your Info; I’m blue da da dee da deh dum


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Four your information, this is the trial.

I wanted to start a series this summer. Sort of a challenge. But really, this is no challenge. This is what I like to do; Talk sh*t. That’s what it says on my resume anyways. Just kidding. Maybe not. Okay, definitely not.

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This is a spin-off idea I had after Jeremy’s 55 series. 55 being his favorite number, mine 4 because of David Padgett. I chose number 4 as my number in softball at the Male High School. I was sooooo in-like with David Padgett in high school. So I wanted to publish this series over the summer when my semester and internship with the Derby Festival are officially over. Perhaps a bi-weekly series. Like a pay-check. More like a reality check. So this should be a lot of fun and I hope #Cardnation will enjoy. I’ll start off with a kicker. Like all football games do…

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Fires, Beer Bottles, and Trains: Monday Night in Lexington


Photo: Kentucky.com

Photo: Kentucky.com

So it sounds like Lexington may not have been the best place to be on Monday night after UConn won the National Championship. Fires, beer bottles, a train, and more clogged up the twitter feed of some folks. The following tweets come from the Lexington Herald-Leader crew that covers public safety information. The first few tweets are while the game is going on. Then if you look at the times on the tweets, you can start to see things go downhill. To say the least, Monday was an eventful night in Lexington!

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My Prediction for Louisville vs Kentucky


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I have been up since early this morning and in the grand scheme of things, I haven’t gotten one thing done today. I have only listened to local sports talk radio and been on social media keeping up with everything UofL-UK for tonight. But isn’t that what I am supposed to be doing today? I suppose it’s finally time to come up with my prediction post, so here we go…

First of all, the December 28th game at Rupp means nothing to me. For one, it was at Rupp. Russ Smith and Luke Hancock shot a combined 10-31 that game. Speaking of Luke, he wasn’t even starting at the time, Wayne Blackshear was. Mangok Mathiang started and played 22 minutes. Chane Behanan played 20 minutes and played that game knowing he was about to be kicked off of the team. Does any of that sound like the Louisville Cardinals that you have seen recently? We are a completely different team, and yes UK is a little different as well, so that is why the last game doesn’t mean much to me. Actually if I do take anything away from it, I am glad that UK doesn’t have a revenge factor for this game. So they can have that game at Rupp, I’ll take this one tonight.

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Christian Laettner chooses sides for tonight


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Willie Cauley-Stein does not understand the rivalry


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Photo: WDRB.com

Willie Cauley-Stein clearly does not understand the rivalry between UofL and UK. He said it is the same thing as Kansas and Kansas State. To be fair, Cauley-Stein is from Kansas, but to say it’s the same is a bit ridiculous isn’t it? This is what he said to reporters yesterday.

“I think of it as the K-State-KU rivalry. It’s the same thing. The fans are the same, it’s just different teams. It doesn’t really mean much to you if you aren’t from Kentucky. If you aren’t from Kentucky, you don’t understand it. It’s that simple. I have been here two years and I still don’t understand the rivalry. It’s just fun. If you ask a UK fan about the rivalry and then ask a Louisville fan about the rivalry, they say the same kind of trash talk about each other, but just different. It’s the same thing, just on a different side of it. It’s funny because it’s so similar. They are more alike than what they really think. They say the same things.”

Willie also thinks that the lightbulb haircut was a good idea, so there’s that.

Fan Forum: Why UL/Uk Will Win


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On Wednesday I did as I normally do and reached out to CardNation. I love to reach out and let you guys be a part of the site. It is a site built for fans by fans. I know what I think will happen on Friday but I wanted to get some different opinions. This time I did things a little different. I asked for a member of the bbn to help out also. I asked one member from each storied fan base to send me a story on why their team would win. I was quite pleased with the results. @Jgro11 stepped up for the Cards and @mathboywonder stepped up for uk. I hope you enjoy their outlooks on Friday’s epic Battle Of The Bluegrass.

 

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Calipari and Pitino met in a hallway today


So this happened on Thursday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, and then the fans captioned it…

Photo: @GoodmanESPN

Photo: @GoodmanESPN

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Terrence Jones calls Louisville “Wichita State’s B team”


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Former Kentucky Wildcat Terrence Jones was asked about the Louisville-Kentucky game on Friday night. When asked about Louisville, he said “What school is that? I haven’t heard of that school. I know we’re going to win because I don’t even know that school. I think we play Wichita State’s B team or something. We’re going to make sure we get that done.”

Sounds like a smart guy. Understanding scouting reports were probably a big pain.

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CBS ranks remaining Sweet 16 starters from #80 to #1


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Jeff Borzello of cbssports.com took the 16 teams that are left in the NCAA Tournament and ranked the starters from 80 to 1. Borzello says that “It’s not based on potential, NBA prospects, or purely college numbers. It basically comes down to, if I need a player for the next two games or four games, which guy am I taking?” Let’s take a look at how he ranks the starters for both Louisville and Kentucky.

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75. Stephen Van Treese, Louisville: Without Chane Behanan, Van Treese has had to play a bigger role down low. He’s averaging 9.3 rebounds in his last six games.

48. Chris Jones, Louisville: Jones came to Louisville with plenty of hype, but he’s been inconsistent at times this season. He needs to pressure the Kentucky guards.

34. Luke Hancock, Louisville: Hancock is Mr. March for the Cardinals. He was the Most Outstanding Player at last year’s Final Four and is averaging 18.5 ppg in the 2014 tourney.

14. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Harrell’s emergence down the stretch took the Cardinals to a different level. He has racked up six double-doubles in his last 10 games.

2. Russ Smith, Louisville: Smith has been a little too out of control in the tournament, with 13 turnovers — but Louisville needs him to a menace at both ends of the floor.

 

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Louisville and Kentucky: Two Different Reactions About Making the Sweet 16


Scott Rovak | US Presswire

Scott Rovak | US Presswire

Louisville and Kentucky will meet on Friday night in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis, IN. We all know that already. When the brackets came out, everyone knew this had a realistic chance of happening. And now here we are, just a few days away from Indianapolis not knowing what they got themselves into when they said they would host another Regional.

The Cards and Cats took two different paths to get to this point. Louisville played against a team that resembles them and knew their every move, and they escaped at the end. Then they battled St. Louis in a defensive game and scored enough points to pull away late. Kentucky played a very bad Kansas State team that will probably be playing at the YMCA next week. Then they played the undefeated Wichita State shockers in a very exciting game that was back and forth and they won at the end.

Two teams heading to the Sweet 16. Two of the most storied programs in all of college basketball. Two very different reactions about winning an NCAA Tournament game in the Round of 32.

 

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55 (Episode 19)


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This week…..on 55…..

As we come down to the last few episodes of 55, it’s only fitting that the end of the basketball season is near too. I just wish there was something to talk about. Oh yeah…we get uk again! So in the spirit of revenge on those we despise more than Digger Phelps (I may have went too far) here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

1) On Thursday night we opened up our defense of the National Championship with a tough game vs the Manhattan Jaspers, coached by former Louisville asst coach Steve Masiello. I like to believe we played the basketball version of a game called chess. Rick didn’t want to embarrass Mass so we played tit-for-tat (lol) and won the game when we needed to. Played smothering defense as well.

 

2) smother

3) Well that had the opposite effect than I intended

4) Nevertheless, we move onto our next conquest which are the mighty Billikens of Saint Louis. Top 10 team at times this year, former conference foes…what could scare us about the Billikens?

5) billiken

6) Oh yeah..That was creepy….in more ways then one

7) I digress

 

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Doron Lamb Likes to Tweet About Louisville


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#BathroomSelfies

Former Kentucky Wildcat Doron Lamb seems to enjoy tweeting about the Louisville Cardinals. Lamb played for Calipari for 2 years before going to the NBA where he is averaging 3.1 points, 1 rebound, and 0.7 assists per game in his career.

Less tweeting, more practice?

C-A-T-S Song…This is a Real Thing


So this happened…

Time/TV Set for Friday’s Sweet 16 Games


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The times have been set for Friday’s Sweet 16 games.

Indianapolis

(2) Michigan vs (11) Tennessee   7:15   CBS

(4) Louisville vs (8) Kentucky   9:45   CBS (tip is approximately 30 minutes after the previous game ends.)

New York

(3) Iowa State vs (7) UConn   7:27   TBS

(1) Virginia vs (4) Michigan State   9:57   TBS   (tip is approximately 30 minutes after the previous game ends.)

Fans Respond: Who Would You Rather Play in the Sweet 16?


Wichita State logo   Kentucky logo

This is a very interesting topic. As a Cards fan, who do YOU WANT Louisville to play in the Sweet 16? Do you want a rematch with Wichita State? They are undefeated and haven’t lost since the Cards beat them in the Final Four. Or do you want a rematch against Kentucky? No explanation needed on who they are and how big that would be. We took the question to twitter, and here is what you said.

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My top 5 most memorable UofL-UK moments


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Every year when this game rolls around, I think back to certain moments that stick out from the rivalry. There are just some years that I could not tell you what happened or many details. But then there are some that I can rattle off stats, scores, and details that I have no clue why I remember, but I do. When I started to think of my 5 most memorable moments from the Battle of the Bluegrass, they were not all pro-Louisville moments. And I think that is ok. I was simply trying to think of the 5 that stood out the most, not necessarily the 5 best UofL moments that I could remember. So here are my top 5 most memorable moments of this rivalry:

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Results of the “Biggest villain in UK basketball” poll


The results are in, and the winner for biggest villain in UK basketball is…John Calipari!

John CalipariWe did most disliked player last season and DeMarcus Cousins won that one easily. I thought he may win this one too, but Coach Cal took it by a big margin. Here are the results. Thanks to all who voted!

John Calipari – 46.05%

DeMarcus Cousins – 23.68%

Adolph Rupp – 21.05%

Patrick Sparks – 7.89%

Joe B. Hall – 1.32%

1995 Louisville vs #5 Kentucky: full game (video)


The youtube user “upfromtheashes” has some incredible full-game videos uploaded on his page of some of the best games in Louisville history. When you get time, be sure to watch this one from January 1, 1995.

Vote: Biggest villain in UK basketball


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Villain can be defined as: a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot. In saying that, it is time to vote on who you think is the biggest villain in UK basketball.

The “winner” will get their own post dedicated to them.

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UofL vs UK position battles: Shooting Guards


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All this week we will be breaking down the match-ups at each position for the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game for this Saturday December 28. Today we continue with the shooting guard position.

Point Guard position battle

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Russ Smith

Russ Smith

Season Avg:

Points: 16.8

Assists: 5.0

Rebounds: 3.2

Steals: 1.7

Turnovers: 2.4

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