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
Loving the Cheer at 55 seconds in: Basket Basket Basket B-A-S!! K-E-T!! Basket Basket basket!!
PRESS RELEASE from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
Norwegian Matz Stockman Signs with UofL Basketball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matz Stockman, a 7-2, 238-pound forward/center from Oslo, Norway, has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.
We have found out who Rick Pitino’s mystery man is and his name is: Matz Stockman. Stockman is a 7’2 Norwegian Center with a 7’6 wingspan. The Norwegian center averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game in the U18 European Championships in 2013. Other than that there is not much to go on for Stockman. In this article from Stockmans program CBA Academy Stockman’s coach said “He has the potential to be elite, it’s just a matter of time.”
Today the Sports Business Journal released an article saying the the Final Four (which is to be broadcast on TBS this year) will also be broadcast on Tru Tv and TNT. TBS will hold the National broadcast that we see every year while Tru TV and TNT will hold broadcast with people relevant to each team playing. Here are some of the main quotes that can be read in this full article from Sports Business Journal.
This is normally the part of the day where Justin, Jeremy, or myself will write a piece about the opposing school regarding trash talk or something outlandish they have done. Last night I sat down to do just that and I FOUND…………………………………..Nothing. That’s right, nothing! No trash talk, no wild pictures or crazy tweets; just a group of very nice respectful young men. So let’s take a look at what I did find:
The Cards will sign all 3 of their 2014 basketball commits today. According to Steve Jones of the Courier Journal PF Jaylen Johnson (Pictured below) and C Chinanu Onuaku have already inked their name and SF Shaq Aaron will sign later tonight. Look for the Cards to sign 1 or 2 more between now and the spring, but it’s always good to get the names on the dotted line sooner than later.
6’10 Bakary Konate (KS) is a fairly unknown name but it wont stay that way for long. Konate has only been in America a few months and has already got much attention from many of the nations elite programs. Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals are one of those programs that have taken notice and aren’t waiting around on this one. The Cards will have Konate in this weekend for an official visit in hopes of getting a commitment just days before the November Signing period.
Barkary Konate with the Dunk!
Coach Pitino will have two Elite 2016 recruits on campus this weekend. 2016 5* SG Josh Langford and 2016 5* SF Braxton Blackwell will attend the Cards 3rd Red/White Scrimmage after taking in Uk’s Big Blue Madness on Friday Night. Tomorrows scrimmage starts at 1PM so lets fill the Yum Center and be loud!