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Rick Pitino Previews Sweet 16 Game Against NC State


A good 25 minutes of a Rick Pitino press conference. He talks NC State, “morons” that call into sports talk radio shows, and has a lot of laughter. Good stuff.

Video available here

Opening statement

Well, we’re obviously excited to be in the Sweet 16. We took a day off yesterday because a West Coast trip knocks a lot out of you. So today I’m sure we’ll have a little bit of a sluggish practice trying to get our feet back, but I think the adrenalin is going to be very high and we’re looking forward to playing another ACC basketball game, and we know how good NC State is because they beat us by 8-10 points at home. Not too many teams do that and they did it. We also realize they’ve won 8 out of 10, their frontcourt’s playing extremely well and their backcourt’s playing outstanding and they’ve beaten some pretty damn good teams on their court. We know it will be a hard-fought game, it’s not only an outstanding team we’re playing, but there’s a lot at stake.

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ACC Digital Network Previews Louisville-NC State

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.


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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.

Time and TV Set for Louisville vs NC State in the Sweet 16

Photo: Tim Haag/

Photo: Tim Haag/

Go ahead and make your plans for watching the Cards this weekend. Before last night’s game against Northern Iowa, the schedule was already released and we knew when Louisville would play if they advanced.

With the win, Louisville will now face NC State and the game will be Friday at 7:37 pm ET in Syracuse, New York. The game will be shown on TBS and Vern Lundquist will be on the call. So we can only imagine how he will pronounce “Mangok Mathiang” and “Chinanu Onuaku.” The full schedule for Thursday and Friday is below.

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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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Highlights From Post Game Press Conference Following UC Irvine Win

This is just a quick clip of some of the press conference following the win over UC Irvine. I will try to get the full transcript posted at some point.

Time and TV Announced for Louisville-Northern Iowa

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Photo: Tim Haag/

Don’t wear yourself out early on Sunday. The schedule for NCAA Tournament games has been released, and the Louisville Cardinals will be the last game of the night. Tip between Louisville and Northern Iowa will be at approximately 9:40 pm ET and be shown on TBS. The game will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of Gonzaga/North Dakota State vs Iowa.

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Time and TV Set for Louisville’s Opening Tournament Game

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Photo: Tim Haag/

The time and channel were announced earlier this evening for Louisville’s opening NCAA Tournament game against UC Irvine. The Cards play on Friday and will tip off 30 minutes after the Northern Iowa-Wyoming game, which starts at 1:40. So if that takes about two hours, and then there is a 30 minute break, you are looking at sometime around a 4:10 start for the Cards.

The game will be shown on TBS. Working the game for TBS will be Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), and Jaime Maggio (reporter).

ACC Digital Network Predicts Louisville’s Tournament Run

Former UNC player Jason Capel has some confidence in the Cards this postseason!

NCAA Selection Show Podcast

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Good morning CSZNation (Yes, I’m still trying to make this a thing, deal with it) Hopefully you have had a great weekend and have enjoyed a few days off. I know I have. Our podcast schedule for this week has changed just a little bit. Normally we run Monday’s and Friday’s at noon. Not this week. Tomorrow night we are going to do a special selection show at at 7pm EST. Why tomorrow night when today is selection Sunday? Good question. The answer is twofold. 1) We want to watch the selection show tonight and have time to break it down. 2) The Women’s selection show is happening tomorrow night and we would like to bring their selection to you live. So there you have it. Tune in tomorrow night and check out Steve, Justin and myself as we flawlessly predict the entire tourney. We will also have on special guests Daryl Foust and College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. I myself cannot wait to see where Rick Pitino & Jeff Walz teams end up this season in the tourney brackets. Give us a call to let us know what you think will go down in the NCAA Tournament as well at (914) 338-0180. Should be a blast so tune in, call us and join in.

Go Cards!

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ESPN Bracketology on Selection Sunday Morning

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Photo: Tim Haag/

Joe Lunardi may get on people’s nerves. But if there is one thing the man knows, it is brackets, so it is worth posting his predictions, especially this morning.

He has the Cards as a 4 seed in…of course…Kentucky’s region.

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Full Game: Louisville vs Wake Forest in 1996 Sweet 16

The result wasn’t what we wanted for the Cards, but here is the full game of the 1996 Sweet 16 matchup between Louisville and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons won the game 60-59 and were led by Tim Duncan’s 27 points and 13 rebounds. For Louisville, Samaki Walker led the way in scoring with 16 points.

Time/TV Set for Saturday’s Game vs St. Louis

The Louisville Cardinals will take on the St. Louis Billikens on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off will be at approximately 2:45 pm ET and it will be on CBS.

Fans Respond: Your Reaction to the Cards’ Tournament Draw

AP Photo/Michael Conroy

AP Photo/Michael Conroy

We asked, and you responded. Heading into Selection Sunday, it seemed pretty clear that Louisville would get a 2 or 3 seed. Some analysts even said they could be a 1 seed based on the eye test. A 4 seed was not talked about very much, but that is what happened. They are also in the same region as Wichita State, Kentucky, Duke, and Michigan. So we asked what you thought, and here is what you said…

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Time and TV set for Louisville’s Game Thursday

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The 4th seeded Louisville Cardinals will face off against the 13th seeded Manahttan Jaspers on Thursday night. The game will tip at approximately 9:50 pm and it will be shown on TNT. Here are the times and channels for the rest of the first round. And yes it is still the first round to me, not the “round of 64.”


We find out the tip times for Saturday at the end of Thursday and Sunday at the end of Friday. Fans will also be able to access the games through NCAA March Madness on Demand. NCAA March Madness on Demand will provide live streaming video of every game of the new 68-team tournament as they are broadcast by CBS Sports and Turner Sports.

All times ET, with the second window of each game slated for 30 minutes after the scheduled conclusion of the first game. So those start times are approximate.

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Vote: What Seed Should Louisville Get in the NCAA Tournament?

Ok so the question here is what seed SHOULD Louisville get on Sunday? Not what you think they WILL get, because that can be based on what media people are projecting. This is just your opinion. What SHOULD they get? And if your answer isn’t on this poll, then you shouldn’t be voting anyway.

No. 17 Louisville Men’s Soccer Opens NCAA Tourney Tonight Vs Denver


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 17 Louisville men’s soccer team will open the 2013 NCAA Championship with a first round matchup against the University of Denver on Tonight at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/youth and can be purchased through the U of L Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are also available by calling (502) 852-5151 or online here. Live video of the Cardinals and Pioneers will be available free of charge at and, while live scoring will be provided through the Gametracker feature on the Louisville men’s soccer schedule page at

The Cardinals enter the 2013 NCAA Championship at 11-4-3 overall after winning the American Athletic Conference regular season championship. In its last outing, Louisville was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the American Conference Championship on Nov. 9 with a 1-0 loss to Rutgers. Denver enters the NCAA Championship at 13-3-3 overall after sweeping the Summit League regular season and tournament titles to earn an automatic bid. The winner of the Louisville-Denver game will advance to a second round matchup against No. 11 seed Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET in East Lansing, Mich.

(For UofL’s NCAA Tournament History click tab for more.

Go Cards!

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Baseball: Louisville Regional Schedule

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The CARDS are set to face Bowling Green in the first game of the NCAA Baseball Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium this Friday at 6pm.

NCAA Baseball Louisville Regional Schedule

Friday, May 31 | (ESPN3)
Game 1: No. 2 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State – 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Bowling Green – 6 p.m.

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Pregame Pep Rally in Indianapolis!

Full link here

Cardinal Pregame Event and Pep Rally


Time: 4:00 – 6:45 PM Location: Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Regency Ballroom, One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN Join fellow alumni and fans on Friday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis for a pregame party and pep rally when the Overall #1 seeded Louisville Cardinals take on the Oregon Ducks. Joey Wagner will emcee and the UofL Pep Band, Cheerleaders, Lady Birds and Louie the Cardinal will make appearances. The NCAA games will be shown in the room during the event. Tickets are $27 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Includes pregame meal. Cash Bar. Register online or call 800-813-8635 or 502-852-6186.

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