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2014-15 Montrezl Harrell Highlights

From the ACC Digital Network.

Trey Lewis Will Transfer to Louisville

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

What we had been hoping for is now official, and that is that Cleveland State’s Trey Lewis has officially decided to transfer to the University of Louisville to play his final college basketball season for Rick Pitino in 2015-16. It was supposed to be down to Louisville and Ohio State, but the Cards won this battle without Lewis taking his planned visit to see his hometown Buckeyes. That is pretty nice.

Lewis is listed at 6’2 and 185 lbs. He can play either guard position. That will give the Cards a very good three man rotation between both guard spots with Lewis, Quentin Snider, and Donovan Mitchell. So looking at it like that, you were going to have a backcourt with a sophomore and a freshman playing the bulk of the minutes. Now you throw a senior into the mix to bring experience, not to mention he is just a solid basketball player.

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Transcript of Rick Pitino’s End-of-Season Press Conference

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for almost 30 minutes to wrap up the season, which saddens me. It is about 8 days too early, but it happens. He said that Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell will both go pro, and also hints that a couple of players could transfer.

Since the press conference this afternoon, we learned that sophomore Anton Gill will transfer.

Transcript from Courier-Journal.com. Edited by me.

Video here

Opening statement

Before I leave on the recruiting trail, we had individual instructions and I missed you guys so I wanted to say goodbye to you one last time. You know, there’s good and bad in every season, and I’m not going to mislead you and tell you that it doesn’t hurt. Outside of the Christian Laettner loss, I think this was probably the second most-bitter defeat that we have faced, because, you know when Mangok made that first free throw which shouldn’t have gone in, I said, we’re going to win this thing and for a span of a short period of time all I could think of was, ‘We just have to play defense for four seconds.” At first there was three-point-something, and they changed it. And I said all we’ve got to do is play defense for four seconds and we’re in the Final Four, because I was positive the second one would go in after that luck. And it didn’t go in. And we missed a lot of free throws down the stretch, a lot of layups down the stretch, and that’s the bad.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 23)

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This week on 55…..

We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about Elite 8’s, departures and Villains. The men’s Tennis team jumps into the top 25. JamFest and McDonald’s All-American games are this week. What will I do this summer? Find out today! Steve needed a hug on the Podcast today and me and Justin tried our best to console him. Rebuild or Reload? Hmm. All of this and more……….

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell Both Going Pro

Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Pitino held his end of the season press conference today, and laid out many potential storylines to keep an eye on. There are possible players transferring, players being added to the class, and more. We will post about that stuff later. What he did say on this topic wasn’t too shocking, and that is that both Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier are “100%” going to leave Louisville to turn pro.

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CardinalSportsZone Podcast 3/30/15: Everybody Hurts, UofL’s March Madness Edition

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live, it’s available here! We talk NCAA Tournament match-up with the Czar of March Tom Izzo and the heart-breaking loss to MSU. Possible defections and will Terry and Trez stay or go. We have a new podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is now available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

As always we hope you enjoy todays episode of the CardinalSportsZone Podcast:

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55 (Season 2 Episode 22)

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This week on 55…..

We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about the Cards trips to Seattle and Tampa. Sweet 16 and National Champions? Yeah we got those too. We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics and I do mean EVERYTHING. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). We ask again, what’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? We let you continue to teas you later after many weeks of clues. WAYNE 1K! just as I told you….

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Montrezl Harrell: Learning from the Best

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Pretty cool video here talking about Montrezl Harrell. You get to hear from Darrell Griffith, Denny Crum, and Paul Rogers. The highlight for me has to be Denny’s reaction to when they allowed dunking again in college basketball: Yayyy!

Click here to watch the video on CBSsports.com.

Pitino, Rozier, and Harrell discuss the win over Northern Iowa

Photo: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Transcript from ASAP Sports. Edited by me.

COACH PITINO: Well, I couldn’t be more pumped up, more excited because we beat such a great team. Sometimes I hate these press conferences because you listen to the other guys up here first and you just bleed for a group like Northern Iowa, who the reason we played so well tonight is the amount of respect we had for them. We knew they were a great team, statistically, five seniors, we know they’re beautifully coached, so sometimes it breaks your heart even in victory. We are so pumped and so excited because we know the feeling on the other end, but for us, this is the first time in history, according to go Kenny Klein, that this is four Sweet 16s in a row. And Louisville’s had a very rich tradition. So we’re very proud of that.

These two guys kind of amazed me, because I prod them the whole game because I can’t take them out. Montrezl was just working so hard and he was so dead, and I kept saying: You got to give us more, son. You got to give us more. You can’t tire. And I don’t know how they do it, I really don’t know how both of them do it, but they have done it the whole year. They have carried a team on their back that it has many problems and tonight we played our best game of the season. Defensively we did a lot of good things, switching from zone to man, back to zone, back to man. And then offensively, that’s the best we have executed with swinging the ball, east to west, and then attacking north to south. So I’m real proud of these guys. Two guys that are going to go on to — I won’t say greener — I could say greener pastures, because they probably will be, but they’re tremendous basketball players. It’s been an honor to coach both of them.

THE MODERATOR: Questions?

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Highlights From Press Conference Following Northern Iowa Win

Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network with some of the press conference with Rick Pitino, Terry Rozier, and Montrezl Harrell. I will try to get the full transcripts posted soon.

Cards Advance to Sweet 16 With Win Over Northern Iowa

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Louisville Cardinals will be making their fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16 after beating Northern Iowa 66-53 on Sunday night in Seattle. Their opponent in Syracuse, New York will be NC State, who beat the Cards 74-65 at the KFC Yum! Center back on February 14 of this year.

Terry Rozier had himself a game, scoring 25 points on 8-13 shooting while going 8-9 from the free throw line. He also dished out 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds and carried the Cards in this victory. This was the “first round draft pick” version of Rozier that we have not seen in quite some time. If he wants to continue to play like this, I will approve.

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Pitino, Snider, and Blackshear Discuss Win Over UC Irvine

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Video here

Moderator: We’ll go ahead and get started with an opening statement from Coach and then take questions for the student-athletes.

Pitino: Well, we’re very excited to move on. The first round is very difficult. We knew it would be a fight. These two young men down the stretch made big plays for us, and we have been calling it Madness for years, but out of my 20 NCAAs, I think this is the craziest I’ve ever seen it opening up early. There’s a lot of reasons for it. Give you just some examples, I thought Jim Calhoun on television today made an excellent analogy. He said, you know, if you limit Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots, to a few throws per game and keep his numbers way down, then the possessions don’t go…don’t favor the Patriots.

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Louisville Basketball Top 5 Moments of the Season

Alley-oops are fun.

Pitino Talks Lineup/Roster Changes with the Courier-Journal

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Rick Pitino held an impromptu Q & A (question & answer…you’re welcome) on Friday night with Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. I will post just a little bit of that and then give you the link to read the rest.

Q: You said you were considering a change at center. Have you thought about going small?

Pitino: Well, we’ve done that before with Kyle Kuric. The only thing when you go small is it’s probably (freshman forward Jaylen Johnson) and Montrezl (Harrell). If you go small — you know, (freshman wing Shaqquan Aaron) and (sophomore guard Anton Gill) aren’t playing very well. I’ve gone long enough with Anton, trying my best to be patient … I’ve gotten to the point that I’ll go with David Levitch.

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5 Thoughts After the Louisville-UNC Game

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Photo: gamblerspalace.com

There is no clever intro to write for this one. The Cards were in complete control on Thursday afternoon against the Tar Heels and wound up losing the game. Sometimes, that is a matter of one team just coming back and taking the game from the team that was winning. Other times, the team with the lead just gives it away. This one was the latter. Rather than talking about where to watch the rematch with Virginia on Friday night, we have nothing to do until Sunday, when the brackets come out. Here are a few thoughts from the game, and I am not here to sugarcoat anything.

Open for a reason

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ACC Digital Network Previews Louisville-UNC

According to Drew Barry, we are the Louisville Cardinal.

Rozier and Harrell Named All-ACC Second Team by ACC Coaches

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville’s Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell were named to the All-ACC Second Team by the league’s coaches on Monday. Harrell may have gotten the shaft on that, but the first team isn’t really bad. Still pretty solid to get two guys on the second team in this basketball conference.

Player of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Fr., Duke

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Rick Pitino’s Post Game Comments After the Virginia Game

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

Video here

Opening statement

I think we messed up defensively on that last play by running into the screen but our guys did so many good things tonight. I’m really happy we won. It would’ve been a really difficult loss because we got our 35 deflections, we were eight for eleven on the break, we moved the basketball, and their focus on the scouting report was outstanding. I was so happy Mangok made that shot because it was a big lift for our basketball team after playing real well. What we tried to do, obviously we didn’t have a lot of time to, was run a lot of motion. We were hoping that Terry could get in the lane, look down low to Montrezl if he couldn’t turn the corner. Mangok was the 64th option.

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Louisville Beats Virginia; Quick Post Game Thoughts

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MANGOK!!!!!!

Is there anything else to be said? Well quite honestly, yes there is. It was a great game before Mangok Mathiang delivered the dagger to beat Virginia. Read that sentence again. My computer almost wouldn’t allow me to even type it. Terry Rozier gets trapped and delivers the ball to the open man. When you realize who that open man is and that HE IS ACTUALLY RISING UP TO TAKE THE SHOT, it was the classic “NO NO NO NO YESSSSSS” moment. And good for him. This may ignite him to finish the season strong. Or it could be the last positive thing he does. Who knows? Regardless, he had his moment tonight, and it was awesome!

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Highlights: Louisville defeats Virginia 59-57

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