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Louisville Basketball Red/White Scrimmage Recap

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:

-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.

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Lineups for the Red/White Scrimmage (10/19)

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The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:

Red Team:

Wayne Blackshear

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Mangok Mathiang

Jaylen Johnson

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare

 

White Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Trent Gilbert

David Levitch

Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll: Week 1

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The first USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season has been released, which means that basketball is just around the corner. The Louisville Cardinals start the season ranked #9 in this poll. Four of the top nine teams are from the ACC. The first Red-White scrimmage for the Cards is this Sunday at 2:00 pm at the KFC Yum! Center.

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Louisville Basketball held closed scrimmage on Sunday

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Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.

From GoCards.com:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.

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Men’s Basketball: Limited Half Season Packages On Sale

UofL announced on Thursday that there is a limited amount of half season ticket packages on sale for the upcoming basketball season. The picture pretty much explains it all.

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Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)

Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.

Pitino having an In-Home visit with top 2015 hoops target tonight

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.

This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.

Louisville Basketball comes in at #7 in Yahoo Sports Preseason poll

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Last week the Cards came in at #7 in Sporting News Preseason poll. Now for the second time the Cards find themselves at #7 but this time in the Yahoo Sports preseason poll. Yahoo looked at the best and worst case scenario’s for their top 25:

7. LOUISVILLE
Last year’s record: 31-6, 15-3
Key returners: F Montrezl Harrell, G Terry Rozier, G Chris Jones, F Wayne Blackshear, F/C Mangok Mathiang, G Anton Gill
Notable newcomers: G Quentin Snider, F Jaylen Johnson, F/C Chinanu Onuaku, G Shaqquan Aaron

Best-case scenario: Finally free to run the show now that All-American Russ Smith has moved on to the professional ranks, Jones and Rozier show why Rick Pitino has been touting them all offseason. Jones, quicker and faster after shedding 10 pounds, excels attacking the rim and making plays off the dribble.Rozier validates the glowing reviews he received on the summer camp circuit and leaves scouts drooling by the end of his breakout season. The emergence of that guard duo ensures Louisville has the perimeter weapons it needs to complement a frontcourt highlighted by one of the best big men in the nation in Harrell. The 6-foot-8 junior returns more well-rounded, having added improved free throw shooting and an array of low post moves to his already-established prowess gobbling up rebounds and finishing at the rim. Fueled by that trio of all-league candidates and a talented supporting cast, Louisville has little trouble adjusting in its debut season in the ACC. The Cards sweep the regular season and tournament titles, a warning shot to Duke and North Carolina that Tobacco Road is no longer the ACC’s power center. Louisville’s dream season ends in ideal fashion as the Cards topple Kentucky in an all-Bluegrass national title game on a Harrell put-back slam at the buzzer. Pitino tattoos a picture of the play on his chest and vows to name his next Kentucky Derby-caliber horse after Harrell.

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ESPN says the Cards Small Forward battle could be “one of the most intriguing position battles in the country”

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

ESPN released their list of the top 10 reserves in the country today and Louisville freshman Shaqquan Aaron came in at number 7.

7. Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville Cardinals

The fight for playing time in Louisville will be intense in 2014-15. Aaron, an explosive wing from Seattle who will likely begin the season on the bench, will push Wayne Blackshear for minutes at the small forward throughout the season in one of the most intriguing position battles in the country.

 We are all expecting Wayne Blackshear to break out this season and become what has now been tabbed as “High School Wayne”. This will be necessary if the Senior wants to hold on to that starting job because Freshman Shaq Aaron can flat out play! Either way the Cards look to have a loaded roster again and October 19th (Red/White Game) can’t get here soon enough.

 

Justin Time for the Weekend: 10/3/14

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On this week’s edition of “Justin Time,” I talk about two of the most beloved Louisville Cardinals of all time, Teddy Bridgewater and Russ Smith. Both guys are beginning that next chapter in their lives and careers, but they will always be Cards. I also talk a little bit about why this Syracuse football game is so much more exciting than it has ever been before, and a little bonus video at the end of the post.

Teddy Bridgewater: Pondering

Teddy Bridgewater

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Louisville Basketball ranked #7 by Sporting News (ACC well represented)

Photo: yahoo.com

Photo: yahoo.com

By all accounts the Cardinal basketball team will be in the top 10 when the polls come out in the coming weeks. Sporting News also believes this and placed the Cards at #7 in their pre season top 25 and had this to say:

Notable games on the schedule: Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota (in Puerto Rico); Dec. 2 vs. Ohio State; Dec. 27 vs. Kentucky; Jan. 17 vs. Duke; Jan. 31 vs. North Carolina; Feb. 7 at Virginia. 

What worries us now: Russ Smith was so enormous for the Cardinals the past two seasons that even with able players taking over – Terry Rozier for instance has a chance to be a star – it’s reasonable to wonder how long the transition to playing without the Russdiculous factor might take   

Why we still believe: Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player. 

He is physically powerful, plays team first ball, and moves his feet beautifully on defense and rebounds. Plus he can score in a variety of ways. Coach Rick Pitino will put him in good situations. He might be good enough to carry the team at times. 

I think #7 is about right for the Cards. I enjoyed the quote “Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player” I could get on board with that. As far as schedule the Cards would play 6 top 25 teams including 2 of them twice (UNC, Virginia). The ACC aka the greatest conference in college basketball has 5 teams ranked in the top 25 (Duke, UNC, Louisville, Virginia, Syracuse)  including 4 of the top 8!! Basketball Practice starts today folks!! #L1C4

Louisville Basketball’s 1st Red/White Scrimmage to be televised

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According to Kent Spencer of WHAS-11 the Cards October 19th Red/White Scrimmage will be televised.

This will be the first of two scrimmages with the other being held the next Sunday (Oct. 26). Both games will tip at 2 pm and tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.

Pitino with another 2015 trick up his sleeve??

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Could Pitino have another move up his sleeve for the 2015 class? According to Justin Young of Hoopseen.com it seems very possible.

6’9 Yankuba Sima could very well be the next diamond in the rough steal for Pitino. At 18 years old Sima is projected to go #19 in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express had this to say about Sima’s upside:

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Louisville Basketball new uniforms? (Pictures)

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

No official word as of yet but it looks like the Cards will wear these this season……….well at least we have alternates right?

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

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New highlight of Top 2016 Louisville Basketball recruit Abdul Ado

2016 Center Abdul Ado is the top target for the Cards. I really want to see this kid in a Louisville jersey! Watch this video from our guys at Courtside Films and you will see why. Follow Abdul Ado on twitter @AbdulhakimAdo

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/106934496″>%5BSummer Mixtape] Ado Abdulhakim</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31493542″>Johnny Hines</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Who fills Louisville Basketball’s last 2015 Scholarship?

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Last night 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney announced his decommitment from Louisville (which shocked nobody). The Cards still have Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Raymond Spalding in the fold but will look to sign at least one more. Let’s take a look at the candidates to fill that spot.

Most Likely:

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

PJ Dozier

Position: PG/SG

6’7/ 180 lbs

The Cards were in a very good position to land Dozier before the commitment of Antonio Blakeney. Some believe the Cards may have even been very close to landing a commitment from the 6’7 guard. Dozier had a visit to Louisville set up for October 3rd but will now visit UNC that day. Dozier’s father told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Dozier family had not heard from the Cards since AB commitment but would be open to listening to the Cards again. Many people including 2015 commit Donovan Mitchell have made it known that they would love to see Dozier in a Louisville jersey. The question now is can Pitino make it happen.

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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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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!

Justin Time For The Weekend: 9/5/14

Justin Time

I started this new weekly blog last week, and I must say that I think I am going to enjoy doing it. If not, you will know because it will just stop. But the point of it is just to give my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, obviously focusing on UofL sports. But rather than just posting facts and passing along information, this is more of an open forum for me. Like with most of these types of posts that I do, I go into it with a little plan, and just start typing and see what happens. It seems to work better that way for me. Maybe there should be more of a plan, I don’t know. I haven’t taken 1 journalism class in my life so I am not 100% sure how that whole process works. I will just type what comes to mind, and hopefully you enjoy reading it. If not, here is my apology: sorry. Now, onto this week’s topics for you to read about Justin time for the weekend!

The 6-0 start is there for the taking

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

When the football schedule came out, we were all excited to see the big names like Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Miami. We realized we finally had a good schedule and we are not in the AAC or Big East anymore. The more you looked at the schedule, the more you may have noticed that the second half of the schedule is much tougher than the first half. I couldn’t help but think that if we just got by Miami, a 6-0 start was very possible. Well, we got by Miami for sure. Now just take a look at the next 5 games.

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Top Louisville Target Antonio Blakeney New Summer Mixtape

Our guys at Courtside Films continue their amazing work with this new summer mixtape of Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney was on campus this past weekend for an official visit and something tells us we may be seeing a lot more of him :).

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