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55 (Episode 20)


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This week…..on 55…..We come to an end of an era. No more Luuuuuuuuuuuuke, Russ, Wichita or Van Beast. No more of this 4 year version of Boom. We will miss you and cherish this class like no other. We did get another NCAA title this week and the girls of boom are still rolling so there’s that. 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 …..is….55.

1) On Friday night, which seems like a week ago, UL Men’s basketball team lost to a team none of us like….

2) This happened though….

3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX5xZQYxZpg

4) Yeah I know scoreboard…

5) #Whatevs

6) All jokes aside….Thank you to the following guys

7) Russ Smith

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8) SVT

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9) Tim Henderson

10) Luuuuuuuuuuuke

11) Seriously, from the bottom of our hearts…Thank you!

12) I also expect this guy to leave:

Montrezl Harrell

13) If he leaves I wanna thank you too Montrezl “MegaTrezl” Harrell for bringing massive monster dunks back to the school synonymous for dunking

14) #HeGone

15) #EndOfAnEra

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SportsCenter’s Top 10 UL/uk Season Highlights


Enjoy!

Well at least enjoy half of them….

Go Cards!

Meet The Opponents: Kentucky Wildcats


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Fun Facts:

  • Kentucky is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning the Championship in 2012

  • They have won 4 National Championships since 1978

  • They had the #1 recruiting class this year according to ESPN

  • John Calipari is coaching in his 9th* Sweet 16

 

Notable Alumni

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd

Frank Vogel* (who is cheering for UL this weekend)

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Tom Hammond

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Road Through The Tourney:

#9 KSU  56-49 W

#1 Wichita State 78-76 W

Starting Five:

#5 Andrew Harrison, 6’6, 215 Lbs, Freshman, Guard

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Andrew Harrison was widely regarded as a top 5 player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and twin brother Aaron Harrison. In his Freshman year at uk he has put up 11 points per game, 3.8 assists and 0.5 steals per game. Had a season high 26 points vs Tennessee on January 18th. Had a season high 9 assists vs Georgia in the S.E.C. Tournament. Chose Kentucky over Maryland, SMU, Baylor, Kansas and Arizona

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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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Places To Pre-Game In Indy On Friday


Per Social Media Director Nick Stover, here are the details for Fridays pre-game events! Go Cards!

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Teddy Bridgewater QB Camp With Gruden


For those that didn’t get to watch…Enjoy!

Russ Smith: Naismith Candidate


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PRESS RELEASE

March 23, 2014

VOTE FOR RUSS SMITH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Russ Smith is one of four finalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced late Sunday. Smith is one of two seniors in the running for the accolade.

The four finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based selections on individual performances throughout the 2013-14 men’s college basketball regular season. The winner of the award, presented by AT&T, will be revealed April 6 in Dallas.

For the 10th-consecutive year, fans have the opportunity to vote for the player of their choice and help determine the 2014 Naismith Trophy winner. Beginning March 24 and running through April 5, fans can cast their vote through the online and mobile optimized site www.NaismithVote.com. The fan vote represents 25 percent of the selection process – the largest fan impact of any collegiate basketball award.

 

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2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Rosters


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Today, this years KDF game rosters were announced and both teams have a lot of familiar faces that have graced the Cards recruiting board at one time or another.

(credit Evan Daniels)

Number at the end indicates national rank

White Team

Keita Bates Diop – Ohio State – No. 19

Leron Black – Illinois – No. 47

Trevon Bluiett – Xavier – No. 41

Chris Chiozza – Florida – No. 44

Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame

Brandone Francis – Florida – No. 37

Jaylen Johnson – Louisville – No. 62

Chinanu Onuaku – Louisville – No. 69

Devin Robinson – Florida – No. 24

Quentin Snider – Louisville – No. 32

Green Team

Jonah Bolden – UCLA – No. 30

Angel Delgado – Seton Hall – No. 43

Isaac Copeland – Georgetown – No. 48

Max Hoetzel – Indiana

Robert Johnson – Indiana – No. 55

JaQuan Lyle – Undecided – No. 22

Dwayne Morgan – UNLV – No. 20

Goodluck Okonoboh – UNLV – No. 39

Romelo Trimble – Maryland – No. 35

Dion Wiley – Maryland – No. 28

Final Women’s AP Poll


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AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 34-0 900
2 Notre Dame 32-0 864
3 Tennessee 27-5 795
4 Louisville 30-4 778
5 Baylor 29-4 741
6 Stanford 29-3 728
7 West Virginia 29-4 674
8 South Carolina 27-4 665
9 Duke 27-6 608
10 Kentucky 24-8 565
11 Maryland 24-6 535
12 North Carolina 24-9 499
13 Nebraska 25-6 474
14 Penn State 22-7 408
15 Texas A&M 24-8 407
16 North Carolina State 25-7 367
17 Purdue 21-8 261
18 Gonzaga 29-4 253
19 Iowa 26-8 230
20 Michigan State 22-9 210
21 Oklahoma State 23-8 187
22 Middle Tennessee 29-4 173
23 DePaul 27-6 142
24 California 21-9 63
25 USC 22-12 60
  • Others receiving votes: Chattanooga 48, Oregon State 37, Rutgers 8, Bowling Green 5, Marist 4, Brigham Young 3, James Madison 3, Arizona State 3, St. John’s 2
  • Dropped from rankings: Bowling Green 25

Ticket Information For Orlando to Follow the Cardinals


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 Press Release From Kenny Klein

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will make its 40th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 13 seed Manhattan in a Midwest Region second round contest on Thursday, March 20, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

 

A No. 4 seed, Louisville (29-5) is making its eighth-straight appearance in the tournament after earning an automatic bid with a 71-61 victory over Connecticut to capture the the American Athletic Conference Championship.

 

Louisville has received a limited supply of tickets for Orlando.  Season ticket holders who submitted NCAA post-season ticket requests online will been contacted by via email with details on purchasing their seats. Those season ticket holders will be notified later where the tickets will be available for pickup in Orlando.   For continuing updates, please visit www.gocards.com.

2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket


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Save and print as you please!

Go Cards!

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Louisville Leaves The AAC Kings Of The Court


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PRESS RELEASE VIA ESPN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rick Pitino switched from coach to lobbyist the moment his Louisville Cardinals won their third straight conference tournament title.

Of course, Pitino thinks the defending national champs deserve a No. 1 seed, even if he knows they likely won’t get one.

Montrezl Harrell had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and fifth-ranked Louisville beat No. 21 Connecticut 71-61 Saturday for the inaugural American Athletic Conference title in the Cardinals’ lone season in the league.

Pitino said he’s extremely biased.

“But I’m very impressed with our guys,” Pitino said. “What they’ve done to win a regular season, conference tournament the way we have done it, in the fashion we have done it fits the eye test. I can’t talk about the strength of the league. If you want to blame anybody, blame football. Don’t blame us.”

The Cardinals (29-5) clinched their 40th NCAA tournament berth in style with their 19th overall tournament title. They took the last two in the Big East and added the American to go with their share of the regular-season title with Cincinnati. They will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“To win a regular-season championship and a tournament championship back-to-back is not easy. You have to have special players, and these two epitomize exactly that,” Pitino said, praising Russ Smith and Harrell.

Smith, named the tournament’s most outstanding player, scored 19 points. He also had five steals to move into a tie for Louisville’s career record with 254. Chris Jones added 11 points.

Smith said he thought a year ago that he had done almost everything a college athlete can, but he wanted to enjoy being a senior on campus and work on his game. Now he has another title to enjoy.

“I have a lot of fun being at Louisville,” Smith said.

UConn (26-8) came in looking for an eighth tournament title to go with seven from the Big East. It was barred from postseason play a year ago, but is a virtual lock to return to the NCAA tournament this year.

The Huskies left Memphis with a third loss this season to Louisville — all by double digits.

“Louisville’s playing great basketball,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “They won the championship last year, they went to the Final Four the year before. They got pretty much their whole team back, an experienced bunch, they play hard and well coached. But this tournament is wide open. It’s a one-game elimination. Somebody can get hot, and hopefully that team will be us.”

Ollie also looked ahead to a conference that will be losing Louisville and Rutgers and adding teams like Tulsa. He said UConn plans to continue being at the top of the American.

“This conference is going to be great,” Ollie said.

DeAndre Daniels led the Huskies with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Conference player of the year Shabazz Napier had 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting, and Amida Brimah finished with 14.

UConn outscored Louisville 32-28 in the paint, but the Cardinals turned the Huskies’ 13 turnovers into 13 points. Louisville also outrebounded the Huskies 38-33 and enjoyed a 14-6 advantage on second-chance points.

Louisville routed UConn 81-48 a week ago on the Cardinals’ home court. But the Huskies were a confident bunch heading into the final, coming off victories over No. 19 Memphis in the quarterfinals and No. 13 Cincinnati in the semis.

The Cardinals grabbed an early lead and controlled the action for much of the game. Harrell scored 10 points in the first half and was a blur at times, blocking Brimah twice on one possession. He also swooped in for a dunk off a Smith assist that looked more like a layup that just missed the basket short.

UConn stayed within six of the Cardinals down the stretch, but Louisville finished the half on a 10-2 run that included 3s by Terry Rozier and Luke Hancock. Smith also had a steal and a pass ahead to Rozier for a fast-break layup that gave the Cardinals their biggest lead yet at 37-23 going into the break.

“We just didn’t find our rhythm,” Napier said. “They did play good defense. Once we got into the middle, guys had open shots, and we just couldn’t knock them down.”

The Huskies tried to take advantage of Louisville’s shooting woes to open the second half.

The Cardinals missed their first five shots, but Harrell had big three-point play for a 45-28 lead. Louisville went up by as much as 20 a couple times, the last at 52-32.

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Louisville Keeps Rolling 94-65


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PRESS RELEASE VIA ESPN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Russ Smith scored a career-high 42 points and No. 5 Louisville cruised to a 94-65 victory over Houston on Friday in the semifinals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.

Smith shot 14 for 22 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His final points came on a three-point play where he hit a reverse layup and converted the ensuing free throw.

Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell both added 12 for the Cardinals (28-5), the tournament’s second seed, who will face the winner of Friday’s second game between top-seeded Cincinnati and Connecticut.

TaShawn Thomas and Brandon Morris scored 13 each for Houston (17-16), while Danuel House had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Cougars lost for only the second time in their last seven games.

Louisville Destroys Rutgers 92-31


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PRESS RELEASE VIA ESPN:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals had everything working so well against Rutgers that even a near mistake turned into an amazing play.

Stephan Van Treese went up for a lob pass looking for a dunk only to have Montrezl Harrell fly in and slam the ball through.

“I’m not happy about that,” Van Treese said. “I thought he was throwing it to me, and I didn’t even see Montrezl and he just dunked on me. And I thought, `Man, that’s not fair.”

Louisville routed Rutgers 92-31 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament, holding the Scarlet Knights to their lowest scoring game since Jan. 25, 1982.

The Cardinals (27-5) have won three straight and 10 of their last 11 as they look for a third straight tournament title even if they’re only in the American for one season. Louisville split the regular-season title with Cincinnati, but lost the top seed on a coin flip.

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Voice Of The Cards Gets Honored


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Today it was announced WHAS Radio’s Paul Rogers, the “Voice of the Cardinals,” was named to Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Congrats out to you from CSZ and CardNation!

Go Cards!

Women’s Basketball AP Poll 3-10-14


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Here is the updated Women’s AP poll updated as of 3/10/14:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 33-0 900
2 Notre Dame 32-0 864
3 Louisville 30-3 799
4 Tennessee 27-5 784
5 West Virginia 29-3 719
6 Stanford 29-3 711
7 Baylor 28-4 698
8 South Carolina 27-4 665
9 Duke 27-6 607
10 Kentucky 24-8 563
11 Maryland 24-6 537
12 North Carolina 24-9 504
13 Nebraska 25-6 464
14 Penn State 22-7 408
15 Texas A&M 24-8 402
16 North Carolina State 25-7 374
17 Purdue 21-8 247
18 Gonzaga 27-4 229
19 Iowa 26-8 226
20 Michigan State 22-9 210
21 Oklahoma State 23-8 203
22 Middle Tennessee 26-4 180
23 DePaul 25-6 115
24 California 21-9 64
25 Bowling Green 27-3 49
  • Others receiving votes: USC 48, Chattanooga 45, Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 15, Rutgers 11, Arizona State 9, UTEP 5, James Madison 3, Marist 3, St. John’s 2, LSU 2
  • Dropped from rankings: Rutgers 24

Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll 3-10-14


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Here is the updated Men’s basketball coaches poll as of 3/10/14:

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (25) 29-2 793
2 Wichita State (7) 34-0 775
3 Villanova 28-3 721
4 Arizona 28-3 678
5 Louisville 26-5 654
6 Duke 24-7 591
7 San Diego State 27-3 584
8 Virginia 25-6 581
9 Michigan 23-7 536
10 Kansas 23-8 509
11 Syracuse 27-4 497
12 Cincinnati 26-5 447
13 Wisconsin 25-6 440
14 Creighton 24-6 384
15 North Carolina 23-8 350
16 Iowa State 23-7 269
17 Saint Louis 26-5 252
18 Oklahoma 23-8 221
19 Memphis 23-8 195
20 New Mexico 24-6 177
21 Connecticut 24-7 152
22 Michigan State 23-8 129
23 Southern Methodist 23-8 94
24 Ohio State 23-8 84
25 Virginia Commonwealth 24-7 71
  • Others receiving votes: Kentucky 43, Gonzaga 32, Texas 27, Oregon 21, Southern Miss 21, Stephen F. Austin 17, Baylor 15, Iowa 10, Harvard 8, Massachusetts 8, Nebraska 5, Pittsburgh 3, Louisiana Tech 3, Kansas State 1, George Washington 1, Oklahoma State 1
  • Dropped from rankings: Kentucky 24, Iowa 25

Men’s Basketball AP Poll 3-10-14


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Here is the updated Men’s AP Top 25 Poll updated as of 3/10/14:

1 Florida
Florida (50)
Record: 29-2
PV Rank

1

Points

1,610

2 Wichita State
Record: 34-0
2
1,574
3 Villanova
Record: 28-3
6
1,454
4 Arizona
Record: 28-3
3
1,435
5 Louisville
11
1,237
6 Virginia
Record: 25-6
5
1,186
7 Duke
Record: 24-7
4
1,185
8 San Diego State
Record: 27-3
10
1,143
8 Michigan
Record: 23-7
12
1,143
10 Kansas
Record: 23-8
8
1,087
11 Syracuse
Record: 27-4
7
1,055
12 Wisconsin
Record: 25-6
9
973
13 Cincinnati
15
922
14 Creighton
Record: 24-6
13
752
15 North Carolina
Record: 23-8
14
709
16 Iowa State
Record: 23-7
16
572
17 Oklahoma
Record: 23-8
23
472
18 Saint Louis
Record: 26-5
17
433
19 Memphis
20
367
20 New Mexico
Record: 24-6
21
344
21 Connecticut
19
330
22 Michigan State
Record: 23-8
22
318
23 VCU
Record: 24-7
27
205
24 Ohio State
Record: 23-8
33
165
25 SMU
18
152

Men’s And Women’s Basketball Senior Day Ceremony And Speeches


Here is the video of the Senior Day festivities for the Men’s team for those of you that didn’t get to see it or want to see it again. Enjoy!

 

Here’s the Women’s:

*Video Courtesy of UofL

Women’s AP Top 25 (Feb 24)


Louisville head coach Jeff Walz cheers on his team during the first half of their NCAA Women's New Orleans Regional basketball game

Here is the new AP Poll:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 28-0 900
2 Notre Dame 27-0 864
3 Louisville 27-2 804
4 South Carolina 25-2 775
5 Stanford 26-2 764
6 Baylor 24-3 737
7 Duke 24-4 680
8 Penn State 21-5 615
9 Maryland 22-5 605
10 Tennessee 22-5 585
11 West Virginia 24-3 555
12 Kentucky 20-7 444
13 North Carolina State 23-5 423
14 North Carolina 21-7 412
15 Oklahoma State 21-5 408
16 Nebraska 20-5 367
17 Texas A&M 21-7 354
18 California 20-7 306
19 Purdue 20-7 233
20 Arizona State 22-6 230
21 Michigan State 18-8 165
22 Gonzaga 24-4 124
23 Middle Tennessee 23-4 96
24 Rutgers 20-6 59
25 Iowa 21-7 46
  • Others receiving votes: LSU 35, Dayton 23, Chattanooga 16, Bowling Green 14, DePaul 13, James Madison 12, St. John’s 10, Oregon State 8, Brigham Young 6, Vanderbilt 5, Syracuse 4, UTEP 2, Georgia Tech 1
  • Dropped from rankings: LSU 19, St. John’s 22
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