Yesterday Minnesota coach Richard Pitino blogged that they are trying to get a game with Louisville next year to open the season. The game would be held in a Military hanger in Puerto Rico on November 14th and the coach said they were 99% sure the game would happen. Last night his Father and Louisville basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino confirmed his sons blog post on his weekly radio show. Pitino told Paul Rogers that the game is all but going to happen some things with ESPN just need to be Ironed out.
Rick Pitino also confirmed that barring unforeseen circumstances the Cards will also be a part of the Jimmy V classic in Madison Square Garden against Indiana in early December. With these two games in the mix, the Big 10/ACC Challenge, and the annual Kentucky game next year is shaping up to be one of the Cardinals best out of Conference schedules to date.
OK Jeremy’s pet peeve for today- This is in no way directed towards the people I respect that cheer for Kentucky because there are a ton of Kentucky fans that I love and respect. I have just seen this ignorant statement from the ones I don’t and will now speak my feelings. “We lost to #2, who do you all play?” (Exhale,Inhale) We are in our Non-Conference portion of our schedule just like you. Most teams (99%) start off against the Hofstra’s, Longwood’s, Gardner-Webb or Robert Morris’s of the world to build to their tough Non-conference games. Kentucky has to load their non-conference schedule up all the way through because they play in a conference that is so bad it ranks below the WCC, Big 12, Pac 12 and only .001 above the Mountain West. That’s good for 8th place. Not a knock on Kentucky, just their schedule. The AAC, that most of you uninformed people (on both sides) are calling soft, is ranked 3rd behind only the Big 10 and only .007 behind the Big East. We will play UConn twice, Memphis Twice, Houston twice, UCF twice and Cincy Twice…all better than the second best team in the SEC. In closing, we all play low caliber teams in the beginning of the season, Kentucky just knocked one of their hard 3 non conference games out first. They will be a great team too as will we, but don’t let your hate blind you from the truth. I don’t. -Jeremy out lol
P.S.- Just seen this pic on Tennesseesportsradio.com when I googled uk fans and thought it was hilarious…it’s for the ones who don’t know basketball and were filling up my timelines with salty tears of ignorance
Normally I just go over what went on during the weekend, but Thursday night was a great night for Cardinal Football and there were no other sports going on so here we go!
Here is what happened the weekend of Thursday October 10th through Sunday October 13th around CardNation:
On Thursday October 10th:
*Teddy Bridgewater went 21-31 for 310 yards and 2 TD while throwing a very rare INT, only his second of the season in a 24-10 victory over Rutgers. Senorise Perry added to the offensive attack with 13 rushes for 104 yards and 1 TD with his longest rush for 42 yards. Louisville’s defense came up huge with 8 sacks and forced Rutgers QB Gary Nova to be….Gary Nova as he threw 4 INT’s. Calvin Pryor III led the Defense with 14 total tackles.
On Friday, October 11th:
*In Swimming and Diving: In the first meet of the season, the Cardinals donned pink caps in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and defeated the Xavier Musketeers on the women’s side, 195-64 and 189-70 for the men. The Cards won every race.
*The No. 14 University of Louisville field hockey team fell 6-0 to No. 4 University of Connecticut on Friday evening at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The loss marks the first conference setback for the Cardinals (10-3, 3-1 BIG EAST). UConn improves to 11-1, 4-0.
*In Women’s Soccer, Senior Charlyn Corral scored a goal and dished out an assist to lead the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over USF on Friday night in Cardinal Park.
*Janelle Jenkins had 14 kills to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 sweep of South Florida in The American Athletic Conference volleyball action Friday night at the KFC Yum! Center. Maya McClendon added 11 kills and 10 digs. Katie George added a whopping 39 assists
*In Men’s Tennis, the Cards went undefeated in singles and doubles on day one of Ohio Valley Regional
Pitino got his Center today when 4 Star Chinanu Onuaku announced he will play for the Cards next season. Onuaku, who is ranked as high as the #6 Center in the nation, had many elite offers but ultimately chose the Cards over Georgetown and Miami. Onuaku is a very imprtant piece to the 2014 class and will add much needed depth at the Center position as the Cards head into the ACC next season. The 6’10 Onuaku is an excellent shot blocker but his offensive game has come along strongly over the summer while participating in the NBA top 100 camp and the Adidas Nations. With Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson in the fold, the Cards will still try to sign one maybe two more front court players (Lyles, Bolden) in what could still be one of the most talented classes under Pitino.
Cliff Alexander, ranked as high as the number 1 PF by ESPN, says he will officially visit UofL, Memphis, Arizona, and Kansas according to Steve Jones of the Courier Journal. Even though Uk is not listed here look for them to also play a big role in Alexander’s recruitment and while not officially Alexander has been on Uk campus. It should also be noted current Louisville Commit JaQuan Lyle will play with Alexander’s Mac Irvin fire this AAU summer so that can’t hurt the Cards chances. This would be a great fit for Pitino as Alexander is agile enough to play the stretch for but big enough to run at the 5. Alexander’s recruitment will for sure be something to watch in the coming months for CardNation. You can follow Cliff Alexander on twitter @humblekid11
The Detroit Pistons will get a good look at Peyton Siva next week during summer league play. The Pistons released their summer league roster and schedule today.
To this point Rick Pitino is putting together what looks to be a blockbuster 2014 recruiting class. In the past 4 seasons we have seen Pitino change a lot in the Louisville program and now that looks to be bleeding over into recruiting. At the University of Louisville we have had many great players but majority East Coast guys with a sprinkle of the rest of the Nation here and there , but not in 2014. There is already a national flavor with Quentin Snider (KY) and Shaqquan Aaron (WA) already in the mix but now Pitino seems to be turning his attention to another area….Texas. Pitino seems to be looking to sign at least 3-4 more in this class and 3 of his top targets, Kelly Oubre, Myles Turner, Elbert Robinson all hail from the great state of Texas. Texas is a pipeline that we have not had much success in in recent years but snagging 2 of these 3 could be HUGE for 2 reasons, One: they are 3 of the best players at the High School level and Two: this could potentially open up another hot bed of recruiting for Pitino. Over the past few years Texas has produced many great players and it looks like its time for the University of Louisville to make its mark there. Below are some highlights of Oubre, Turner, Robinson.
By: Steven Rummage
As of today the Louisville Cardinals are ranked #1 in the nation for only the 2nd time in school history. This is the first time the Cardinals have reached #1 since the 08-09 season and will be the first time the Cards have done this during the regular season. Even though the team is now ranked #1 the road does not get any easier. Tonight the Cards will take that ranking up to play a very talented UConn team and Saturday will bring in top 10 Syracuse. So be excited CardNation; the Cards are really good this year and while there is no need to get anything like this printed:
(Only Elite programs do that) there is plenty of reason to celebrate and realize that It’s great to be a Louisville Cardinal! Nelly take us out.