According to CBS Jeff Borzello SMU’s Ulric Maligi is another potential replacement for Kevin Keatts at Louisville.
Hearing SMU assistant Ulric Maligi is in the mix to replace Kevin Keatts at Louisville. Indiana's Kenny Johnson also a candidate.—
Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 17, 2014
Maligi is a great recruiter with major ties to the Texas area. Just this season Maligi beat out UK for the service’s of top rated player Emmanuel Mudiay. Maligi will be a name worth keeping an eye on in the coming days. Follow Ulric Maligi on twitter @Coach_Maligi
Multiple reports have come out today that Indiana University Assistant Coach Kenny Johnson has emerged has the front runner to replace Kevin Keatts on the Louisville sideline.
As I mentioned earlier, Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson is in demand. He is in mix to replace Kevin Keatts on Louisville staff, per sources.—
Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 16, 2014
Johnson would be a great addition to the Cards staff and would fill a much needed recruiting spot on the bench. Johnson has many Nike ties and at one time was over “Team Takeover” a Nike circuit AAU team. At IU Johnson was responsible for landing the likes of: Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh, James Blackmon Jr. , and Robert Johnson. So to say this would be a home run hire is an under statement. This will defiantly be something to watch in the coming days. Follow Kenny Johnson @kjrelentless
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Here is the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season. The Cards finish 9th. UConn finishes 1st, just how we all envisioned it a few weeks ago.
|USA Today Coaches Poll|
|7||Wichita State (1)||35-1||583|
|12||San Diego State||31-5||453|
Nobody was shocked by the fact that last Friday was an epic encounter between 2 teams playing great basketball. What did shock us however was what followed.
UofL has always been perceived as “Little Brother”, a role that we and our AD Tom Jurich are perfectly fine with. Little Bro has been doing pretty good for himself lately: Men’s and women’s Final Four, National Championships, BCS Bowls, College World Series, and National Champions in many other sports. Louisville has been on an incredible run as a University and doesn’t look to stop anytime soon and that apparently has gotten under the skin of BBN.
ESPN’s Myron Metcalf wrote his 10 Bold Predictions for the Sweet Sixteen. Here’s what he had to say about the Cards:
1. Louisville over Kentucky by double digits. The Friday matchup between Louisville and Kentucky will be poetic, really. Two of the top three teams in The Associated Press’ preseason poll stumbled at times during the regular season. Louisville regained its mojo in the final weeks, but Kentucky fell short of lofty expectations all season. John Calipari’s fleet of NBA prospects have since risen in the NCAA tournament. The world-beaters who removed Kansas State and top seed Wichita State from the tourney have looked like they could beat anyone in the field. But the fun will end in Indianapolis. I wasn’t impressed by Louisville’s opening weekend (wins over Manhattan and Saint Louis), but I believe that the Cardinals recognize they had more to give in both games. And they’ll prove it with a double-digit win over Kentucky. More experience. More balance. Rick Pitino’s 11-0 record in the Sweet 16. (Calipari is 5-1 against Louisville since arriving at Kentucky, though.) This game won’t live up to the hype. Russ Smith & Co. will pressure the young Wildcats for 40 minutes and avenge an earlier loss against Kentucky.
9. The Vols will go down swinging against Louisville in an Elite Eight thriller. Tennessee won’t leave Indianapolis quietly. Although the Vols won’t have enough to upset Louisville and earn a slot in the Final Four, this will be a tough matchup for Pitino’s squad. The Cardinals will need a late comeback to secure their third consecutive trip to the Final Four and a chance to defend their title.
See everyone isn’t drinking the blue kool aid. I think it’s going to be a fun weekend!
The guys from Iowa Elites dropped this highlight film of 2014 Louisville signee Quentin Snider today. Check it out.
Shock. That’s what most of CardNation including myself felt when Louisville was announced the 4 seed in the Midwest bracket. A bracket that will go down as one of the all time hardest including 3 of last years final four (Louisville, Wichita St., and Michigan) and the Cards hated rival Uk. Every analyst on ESPN and CBS last night went out of their way to talk about the difficulty of this bracket BUT after the dust settled and the shock wore off I have come to a conclusion……the Cards got a pretty good draw.
Lunardi’s new Bracketology still has the Cards a #4 Seed in the East region but added a new team to the fold at the 7 spot.
The latest Joe Lunardi Bracketology has the Cards as a #4 seed in the East. While I think the Cards will be a 2 or a 3 I would gladly take this draw.
The Cards finished their regular season yesterday and well………..they are good. With UC, Memphis, SMU, and UConn the Cards finished with about as hard a stretch as anyone in the country. Due to a coin flip we know the Cards will be the #2 seed in the AAC Tournament but where will they be in the NCAA? The one question everyone wants to know is can the Cards get a #1 seed still? The common answer is no BUT CBS writer Gary Parrish seems to think the Cards are one of the teams that still can land that coveted #1 Seed. In his article Parrish said:
RPI ranking: 21 | Record: 26-5
Top 50 wins: 6 | Top 100 wins: 7
Losses outside of the top 50: 0
Some thoughts: There are only five teams with zero losses outside of the top 50 of the RPI, and Louisville is one of them. So that’s the best part of the Cardinals’ resume — no bad losses. If they can add two more top-50 wins in the American tournament, they might have a shot at getting a No. 1 seed for the second straight season.
Regardless of the seed the Cards are looking like one of the favorites to be in Dallas but a 1 can’t hurt.
Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Football team won’t be the only team hosting some important visitors tomorrow night. The Louisville basketball team will have a couple of elite shooters form the 2014 and 2015 class on campus for the UCF game. 2014 SG Lyrik Shreiner (AZ) (Pictured Above) and 2015 SG Luke Kennard will both be in attendance tomorrow night.
Rick has made it clear he wants to add a shooter to this 2014 class and Lyrik is just that. The 6’4 SG was looking into reclassifying to the 2015 class but recent interest from the Cards, UConn, Memphis, and the Kansas Jayhawks may have him rethinking that choice . Earlier this year Lyrik broke the Arizona state record going for 65 points in one game……yea he can fill it up folks. Don’t know if the Cards can land a commitment this weekend but Lyrik Shreiner would be an absolute steal and a great add to the 2014 class headed into the ACC. You can follow Lyrik on Twitter @Cyborg2Cold
2015 5 star SG Luke Kennard (OH) will also be in the house. While this one looks to be headed Uk’s way the Cards may be the only team that can unseat the Cats for Kennard. Kennards team will also be playing at Fairdale High School at 6pm on Saturday.
The Cards are 17-3 on the season yet the overwhelming feeling is the Cards are just starting to click. Many of us have questioned our hotel reservations in Dallas over the past few months but the light seems to be getting brighter. Nick Wiggins of Bleacher Report is one that believes the Cards are right on track. In Wiggins article Louisville Basketball: Why the Cardinals will make a third straight Final Four Nick gives his reasons why he hasn’t quit on the Cards just yet! Here is a few quotes from the article:
“Rick Pitino has proven to be a master at getting the most out of his players. There is a reason he has taken three different schools to the Final Four, won national championships at two different schools and is in the Hall of Fame. Pitino and his ability to “coach up” his players is the first feather in the cap for the Cardinals.”
The Mid Season Wooden award list has been cut to 25 and our own Russ Smith has made the cut. Russ, who was a Pre Season First Team All American, is averaging 18.4 points a game along with 4.7 assist this season. Here is the full list of 25:
26 NBA scouts were in attendance for the Battle of the Bluegrass yesterday. Adam Zagoria spoke with one senior NBA scout about many of the players on the floor and this is what he had to say about 2 of the Cards top NBA prospects:
On Montrezl Harrell, who managed just 6 points and 4 rebounds as Louisville’s frontcourt players came up empty: “What did he do? What did he do? He’s a zero. He didn’t even get off the bus.”
On Chane Behanan, who went scoreless with 7 rebounds: “Did he come to the gym, did he show up?”
You can read the full ZagsBlog article HERE
Our guys Lloyd Spence (Talkin Noiz) and Howie Lindsey (CardinalSports.com) Will be having a live pre and post game for both Louisville games today. The guys will be live from Lexington and Orlando with many guests!! Be sure to check it out. Link is in the tweet below:
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 power forward position.
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.
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 begin with the point guard position.
Today the University of Louisville officially announced that the Cards will play the Minnesota Gophers on November 14th 2014. The game will be the Armed Forces Classic and will be played at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico (Pictured Above). This will be the 2nd time Coach Pitino and his son Richard Pitino have faced off with Rick winning the first game while Richard was at FIU.
This will be the Third edition of ESPN’s Armed Forces classic with Oregon defeating Georgetown earlier this season in South Korea and last season the UCONN Huskies defeated Michigan St in Germany.
You can read the full ESPN story HERE