Louisville went into a rough WKU environment and came away with a 76-67 win. Here are some of the things I took away from the game.
The Montrezl Harrell ejection: Did Trez earn an ejection yes. Did a couple WKU players also earn an ejection yes.
From the start of the game it was clear that WKU was going with the “UK Football” strategy of acting like fools and hope it works. Trez unfortunately fell for it but thankfully was ejected on a “Flagrant 2″ foul and will be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against Cal State Northridge.
WDRB’s Eric Crawford has confirmed that sophomore forward Akoy Agau will transfer from the University of Louisville.
If you haven’t seen it by now, here is video of Montrezl Harrell in the locker room after the UNC Wilmington game. Trez pretty much lays it all out there and says that the team was not prepared to play and guys were not taking things seriously for this game. He said that there is no time for egos and that when you step onto the court, leave all of your off the court problems somewhere else.
An ugly win is better than any kind of loss. Go Cards!
On Sunday evening, the 4th ranked Louisville Cardinals (8-0) will return to action in the 13th Annual Billy Minardi Classic, which honors Rick Pitino’s late brother-in-law who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. This year the Cards will face UNC Wilmington (3-2), who are coached by former UofL assistant Kevin Keatts. He was with UofL for 3 seasons.
Louisville enters the game as heavy favorites, I believe by around 28 points or so. But in just five games this season, the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington have scored over 100 points twice already. They beat VMI 110-93 and St. Andrews 105-47. Their last game was on December 3, so they have had 11 days to prepare for this game.
You love the picture, don’t deny it…
Well that certainly was an entertaining game on a late Tuesday night. Indiana shot lights out for a half, but couldn’t keep up as the Cards hit them with their signature “boom” in the second half and pulled away with a 20 point victory. The 4th ranked Cardinals moved to 8-0 on the season and Indiana fell to 7-2.
The trio of Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, and Terry Rozier were phenomenal. They combined for 71 points, only being outscored by 3 by the whole Indiana team. Here are some of my quick reactions from right after the game…
Finally got news on Shaqquan Aaron. This is the official press release from UofL:
Dec. 9, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron can make his debut with the Cardinals’ men’s basketball team on Dec. 20 when U of L plays at Western Kentucky.
This week’s AP and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Louisville Cardinals climbed up to #4 in both.
|AP Top 25|
|18||San Diego St||6-2||390|
Former Card Kyle Kuric’s charity, “Kyle’s Korner for Kids,” is once again asking fans to donate toys at a Louisville men’s basketball game. This year, the game for Kyle’s Korner donations is tonight against FIU. Mangok Mathiang and Anas Mahmoud will deliver the toys to Kosair and to the Home of the Innocents.
Rick Pitino will host two five star visitors for what he says should be “the best atmosphere we’ve had since the Yum Center has been built.” 2016 stars PF/C Thon Maker (accompanied by brother 2017 4 star Matur Maker) and SG Terrence Ferguson (pictured below) will be in the house when the #5 Cards take on the #14 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Maker, who took a visit to UK on Sunday, is widely regarded as the nation’s top player and has been for some time. While in the 2016 class at the moment, Maker has expressed interest in reclassifying to the 2015 class and becoming the odds on favorite to be the #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Maker was originally from the Sudan before heading to Australia, then to the US..sound familiar? If so that’s because current Louisville Cardinal Mangok Mathiang and future Louisville Cardinal Deng Adel took the same path on their way to Louisville. While UK still seems to have the inside track here, look for Pitino to amp up the recruitment of Thon Maker from this point on.
According to this tweet, the NCAA will let Louisville know about the status of freshman Shaqquan Aaron sometime next week. This is an issue about the NCAA clearing him to play that shouldn’t have taken much time at all, but keeps dragging on and has kept Aaron out of 3 games so far.
This news means that Aaron will miss at least 2 more games, as the Cards host Savannah State on Monday and Cleveland State on Wednesday.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the full Rick Pitino interview with Seth Davis. It is broken down into 9 different videos. I couldn’t embed the full video from Campus Insiders because, you know, technology and stuff. So I had to use their separate clips from YouTube. The benefit here is that if you don’t have time to watch it all, you can just watch a couple clips at a time. Sound like a plan? Good deal, go!
The Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college basketball Player of the Year. The award was founded in 1976. A watch list with 50 players was recently released, and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier made the list. These aren’t finalists, as someone who is not on this list can certainly win the award. It is just a watch list.
The list will be reduced to 25 players in January, and finalists will be announced in March.
Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network. In it, Coach Pitino briefly talks about coaching in places for the first time this season.
According to multiple sources Rick Pitino and Asst. Coach Kenny Johnson are watching 2015 4 star PG Traci Carter today. Pitino mentioned in his pre game press conference on Monday that the Cards would still like to add one more guard in the 2015 class. While all signs point to the Cards looking to land a “5th year transfer” Carter’s name also has risen to the forefront. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke with Carter’s mentor Donnie Carr about the possibility of the 4 star guard landing at Louisville
From Steve Jones’s article:
Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)