Chris Jones and Terry Rozier combined to score 51 of the Cards’ 81 points last night against Boston College as Louisville picked up the 81-72 win on the road. They also combined to make 19-28 shots, including 5-7 from three. They had 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 turnover between the two of them.
With a massive snowstorm on its way to the Northeast part of the country, it is looking like Louisville’s next basketball game could be postponed. The Cards are supposed to play at Boston College on Wednesday evening. During today’s ACC teleconference, Coach Pitino said that the team wouldn’t be able to travel on Tuesday and that they would attempt to on Wednesday, the day of the game.
Digging deep into the world of Twitter, who better to know about this situation than the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore?
The following transcripts come from Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.
Opening statement: We usually win with defense. Tonight we won with offense. Not that our defense was bad, but our offense was special. Great shooting percentages are the result of great passing, and we did a terrific job of passing against a very good defensive team. So, I’m real proud of our guys. We needed to get this road win. We’re at BC. We’re at Miami. We’re at Virginia. We needed to play well to get our confidence back after that Duke loss.
Sometimes, the worst thing that can happen after a loss is a lot of time off between games. It feels like the Cards haven’t played in a month. They will finally hit the court again on Sunday at 4 p.m. when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road. The game will be on CBS.
Rick Pitino talked about the game at his press conference on Friday afternoon. Here is what he had to say.
“As you all know, Pitt’s had a great winning record at home, nearly 88 percent, and certainly, they have a great home court with their student body. It’s always been a tough place to play, and we’re looking forward to it. Obviously it’s a nationally televised game, and I know our players are fired up about it.”
Quentin Goodin is a name you will be hearing for a while on the basketball recruiting front. He is only a junior this season so there is still a long way to go before he signs with a school. Goodin plays for Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
The 6’3 185 lb guard narrowed his list down to 12 on Thursday and Nextuprecruits.com was the first to report it. His list of 12 in no order: Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Marquette, Tennessee, Minnesota, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, Xavier, and Kentucky Wesleyan.
When there is a week off in between Louisville basketball games, any kind of story will turn into a big deal. This time it is the fact that junior Montrezl Harrell is no longer a captain on the team. When I first heard that news, it really wasn’t a big deal to me because I couldn’t have told you who the captains were anyway. In my book, the captains are Wayne Blackshear and Terry Rozier. So my first reaction to the news that Montrezl was no longer a captain was basically “Oh, he WAS a captain?”
On his weekly radio show on WHAS, Rick Pitino went into detail about why Harrell isn’t a captain anymore. He said it was actually Montrezl who asked to have that title stripped from him.
Entering the game against Duke on Saturday, junior Montrezl Harrell needs just 12 points to reach 1,000 points for his career at UofL. He would be the 66th career 1,000 point scorer in UofL men’s basketball history. That ranks 2nd only to North Carolina, who has 70 players with 1,000 points.
Harrell is averaging a career high 15.2 points per game this season. The most recent Card to reach this milestone is Russ Smith, who also reached it as a junior. He finished his career with 1,908 points, ranking him 5th all-time in UofL history.
It’s always good to check in on the opponent and learn as much as you can about them, especially when it’s a big game like this and the opponent is as prestigious as the Duke Blue Devils. We know a lot about the Cards since they are our team, but let’s take a look at some things about Duke.
Here are their game notes from GoDuke.com.
The Opening Tip
• Duke (14-2, 2-2) faces Louisville (15-2, 3-1) Saturday, Jan. 17 in its third ACC road contest over a four-game stretch. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action for ESPN.
Louisville guard Terry Rozier also met with the media on Friday afternoon after Coach Pitino spoke for about 20 minutes. Here is what he had to say about the upcoming game with the Blue Devils.
On Duke: Lately I’ve been watching a lot of games. I noticed their togetherness. They’re together out there on the court. They always cheer one another on. Just because they lost the last two games, it’s still going to be a tough game for us. They have a lot of good players. I’ve watched a decent amount of their games. They’re pretty good.
Coach Pitino met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the Duke game. The Cards will face Duke on Saturday, one week after facing North Carolina. These are regular season games for us now people. How cool is that?
Video from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com. Transcript from Courier-Journal.com.
Opening statement: Well I like 12 o’clock games much better than 9 o’clock games so we’re looking forward to this. Certainly this conference is different on every given night. Any time you have a large conference, you’ll see things that you don’t expect. Certainly, you did not expect the Miami victory that way in the last 10 minutes of the game. But nonetheless Duke presents a lot of problems for us that we have got to take care of in order to get a victory.
To get yourself ready for the big game tomorrow between Louisville and Duke, here is a little throwback game for ya. It’s the full game between the Cards and Blue Devils in the 1986 National Championship. Check out guys like Pervis Ellison, Milt Wagner, and Billy Thompson for the Cards. And then Jay Bilas and Johnny Dawkins for the Blue Devils. The box score is also listed below.
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com posted an article on Thursday that was very interesting to read. He did research and came up with what programs have been the most successful in men’s basketball and football (combined) over the last 20 years. He calls that the “modern era” because “achievements in the 1940s, ’60s, and ’80s don’t bear much relevance today.” So this study begins in the 1995-96 season. The Louisville Cardinals rounded out the list at #4. Pretty impressive.
I will let him explain the criteria and how he came up with the top 4 teams:
Coach P talked with Fox Sports about a variety of topics. Lets just say I love my Coach!! #L1C4
The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list has been released, and two Louisville Cardinals made the list: Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell. Players who did not make this list can still be added to the final list, which will be released on March 7.
Louisville’s Chris Jones spoke after the game about bouncing back and getting the win over Virginia Tech, and on his role of a point guard and getting shots for his teammates. Below is a transcript of what he said. Well, it’s the best I could do. Not an easy thing to transcribe what Jones says.
Video from TheCrunchZone.com
“The first unit guys played really well and passed the ball really well. They did a lot of really good things at executing, making extra passes, and executing. Their team was totally overmatched, and I think they worked really, really hard, and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t embarrassed in any way possible because they worked so hard. It was good that we gave some guys an opportunity, with a big game coming up, to play. And real, real proud of the way our starters played tonight, they did a terrific job.”
When Montrezl Harrell takes the court tonight, he will be doing so against the team he originally signed with, Virginia Tech. Coming out of high school, Harrell signed with the Hokies to play for then coach Seth Greenberg. Coach Greenberg, who now works at ESPN, was fired in April of 2012. Because of that, Harrell was able to get out of his letter of intent and go somewhere else.
The rest can be better explained in this piece from Roanoke.com: