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Transcript: Rick Pitino Previews Sunday’s Game Against Pittsburgh

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Photo: Tim Haag/

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.

Opening statement:

“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.”

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Rick Pitino Previews Duke

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

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 Transcript from

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.

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Rick Pitino Press Conference After Virginia Tech Win

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(Opening Statement)

“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.”

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5 Thoughts After Louisville-Clemson

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Photo: Tim Haag/

The Cards defeated Clemson on Wednesday night by a final score of 58-52. For most of the game, it wasn’t pretty. But pretty or not, Louisville now finds themselves 14-1 and 2-0 in the ACC. Here are my 5 quick thoughts from this game…

1. Montrezl foul trouble hurts

With 14:36 left to play in the first half, Montrezl Harrell picked up his 2nd foul and went to the bench for the rest of the half. With 1 foul already, Harrell made the unwise decision of trying to take a charge. Even if it was a charge, you are putting a 50/50 call in the hands of the referee. Picking up that charge is probably not worth the other side of the coin, which is you sitting for the next 14:36. For what it’s worth, it was the correct call as a block and it wasn’t really close. You just can’t put yourself in that position if you are Montrezl.

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Coach Pitino Talks Kentucky Game, UK Fans at Yum, and More

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Photo: Tim Haag/

Coach Rick Pitino spoke to Terry Meiners on Monday afternoon about the Kentucky game, a lineup change, and more. You can click the link and listen to the interview, or check out the full transcript below from

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5 Thoughts From the Louisville-Kentucky Game



One of the main reasons I have this website is to be able to voice my opinion and have a forum to do it on. Rather than send 50 tweets or make a Facebook status (which I rarely do about sports anymore) about a particular game, it is easier to be able to make a post on here, where I have all the room that I need. If people choose to read it, then that’s great. If not, well I still survive so it’s OK.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Louisville-Kentucky basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Like I did a few times during football season, this will be a post of thoughts from me without watching the replay yet on TV. It is always different being at the game or watching at home, where you can hear the announcers and probably have more information. I am not sure I will watch the game again, but these are just 5 thoughts that stick out just from being at the game and seeing it only once.

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Cards Have a Tall Order to Face Against the Cats

Photo: Mark Zerof, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Mark Zerof, USA TODAY Sports

When the Cards and Cats take the court on Saturday afternoon in one of the most anticipated regular season games of the season, Kentucky will do so with a significant height advantage. This is a pretty well-known fact, however I feel it is still worth noting. I knew Kentucky overall was just tall, but looking at the heights side by side, it is pretty staggering.

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Louisville vs UNC Wilmington Highlights

An ugly win is better than any kind of loss. Go Cards!

Cards Ready to Take on UNC Wilmington in Billy Minardi Classic

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Photo: Tim Haag/

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.

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Bring a Toy to Tonight’s FIU Basketball Game for Kyle’s Korner

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.

Photo Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs Jacksonville State

Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)

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55 Season 2 Episode 8



This week on 55………………..


I am going to switch it up a little bit. After doing 55 for about a year now, I wanted to do something a little different. I know, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I just want to give this a try. Instead of bringing you 55 facts each week, I am going to write a column that I break down into 4 quarters. 1st Quarter: Football, 2nd Quarter: Basketball, 3rd Quarter: Cardinal Athletics, 4th Quarter: Our best stories and weeks best tid-bits that doesn’t fit into the first three-quarters. In weeks there are no Football games, I will make that week a quarter where one fan will be chosen to have a guest spot on 55 and discuss anything UofL. I feel like this will give 55 a fresh look and if you guys don’t like it let me know and I will go back. Like I said, I’m just looking for new ways to do the same thing and that’s entertain you. Wonder who will be the first fan columnist for the 11/17 Episode? Tweet me and hashtag #55GuestSpot. I will only pick out of these people. If you tweet me at @Jeremy_CSZ and say I want to but don’t include the hashtag #55GuestSpot then you are out of luck. Simple directions people…. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stand out to me the most. The most ridiculous,interesting and factual things I came across. This is 55……….

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Louisville Basketball Updated Roster

With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.

0 Terry Rozier 6-1 185 G SO Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)
1 Anton Gill 6-3 185 G SO Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)
2 Quentin Snider 6-1 170 G FR Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
3 Chris Jones 5-10 175 G SR Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)
4 Dillon Avare 6-0 150 G RS FR Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)
5 Matz Stockman 7-2 240 F/C FR Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)
10 Jaylen Johnson 6-9 215 F FR Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)
12 Mangok Mathiang 6-10 210 F/C RS SO Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))
14 Anas Mahmoud 7-1 205 F FR Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)
15 Trent Gilbert 6-0 180 G FR Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)
21 Shaqquan Aaron 6-7 175 G FR Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)
22 Akoy Agau 6-8 230 F SO Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)
23 David Levitch 6-3 180 G SO Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)
24 Montrezl Harrell 6-8 240 F JR Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)
25 Wayne Blackshear 6-5 230 G/F SR Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
32 Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 230 F/C FR Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)
Rick Pitino – Head Coach
Kenny Johnson – Assistant Coach
Wyking Jones – Assistant Coach
Mike Balado – Assistant Coach
Doug Davenport – Director of Video Operations
David Padgett – Director of Basketball Operations
Michael Bowden – Asst. Video Coordinator
Stephanie Diebold-Davis – Basketball Receptionist
Ray Ganong – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fred Hina – Head Men’s Basketball Trainer
Jordan Sucher – Executive Assistant to Rick Pitino
Vincent Tatum – Equipment Manager
Wayne Turner – Program Assistant
Anthony Wright – Director of Academic Services

Rick Pitino gives a summer update on the team

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from Below, I will give you the key notes from it…

The new Pelican…

-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.

-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.

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Mangok Mathiang Arrested Friday Night

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

According to, LMPD’s Dwight Mitchell confirmed that Louisville basketball player Mangok Mathiang was arrested Friday night for drinking alcohol in a public place and failure to disperse. From the post on WDRB’s website:

An arrest report states the incident happened at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 at 3rd St. and Central Ave. In the report, an officer writes that Mathiang was “walking down 3rd St. when his friend was arrested and was asked several times to leave and kept walking down street following the police.” 

The report goes on to say Mathiang had a Bud Light in a can and dropped it on the ground. 

Could you imagine if they arrested every single person that was drinking an alcoholic beverage in public this weekend? For the record, Mangok is 21 years old.

Gorgui Dieng gets his 5th double-double in 6 games

Photo: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It is becoming routine now: Gorgui Dieng records a double-double for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tonight it was in a 107-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Gorgui played a team high 41 minutes and had 15 points and 15 rebounds! The 15 rebounds were also a team high, which is saying a lot when you play on the same team as Kevin Love. He also had 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. He shot 6-8 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line.

This is Gorgui Dieng’s 5th double-double in his last 6 games. In those 6 games, Gorgui is averaging 12.6 points and 14 rebounds per game.

I like Mangok, but is there anyway that Gorgui can slip on that #12 jersey and get away with it on Friday? I would imagine this would be some step in that transformaton. Make it happen.

Gorgui Dieng Mangok Mathiang


Comparing Freshman Year Stats: Gorgui Dieng vs Mangok Mathiang

Jerian Grant, Gorgui Dieng   Mangok Mathiang

When this season started, I think fans had expectations that Mangok Mathiang would come right in and fill the void left by Gorgui Dieng. Yes he is tall, from another country, and is built very similar to Dieng. But there is something people were not thinking about: they are NOT the same person. That may be hard to fathom, but Mangok Mathiang is not a clone of Gorgui Dieng.

Yes I know he had a full year to practice with the team so that means he should be like “sophomore Gorgui” right? I thought the same thing before the season started. Well he is a different person. It may take him longer to grasp certain concepts and apply them on the court. I think a few games into the season when people realized that Mangok still had a ways to go, they gave up on him and pretty much said he will never be Gorgui. Well his numbers this year aren’t too far off of Gorgui’s numbers from his freshman season.

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Game Notes: Louisville vs Houston

Cardinal Head      Houston Cougars

18/14 Louisville Cardinals (14-3, 3-1) vs Houston Cougars (10-6, 2-1)

Game Info

Date: Thursday January 16, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Site: KFC Yum! Center

TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Pete Gillen, Evan Washburn)

Radio: WHAS 840 AM (Paul Rogers and Bob Valvano)

Series Record: UofL leads 13-5

Last Meeting: Houston won 70-67 (Jan. 5, 2005 in Houston)

Officials: Karl Hess, Bryan Kersey, Michael Stephens

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Cardinal Athletics: Weekend In Review 11-10-13



Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 8th through Sunday November 10th around CardNation:

Friday November 8th

Women’s Volleyball: Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 17 kills to help the University of Louisville remain unbeaten at 12-0 in the American Athletic Conference as they held off a determined University of Houston in five sets, 25-17, 25-18, 13-25, 23-25, 15-6. Brooke Mattingly added 10 kills and Janelle Jenkins pitching in 11 kills.  Maya McClendon and Katie George each had double-doubles for Louisville with 10 kills and 20 digs and 34 assists and 18 digs, respectively. Caitlin Welch led the Cards with 25 digs, including her 2,000th career dig, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.


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