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Bloggin’ Rick not satisfied during win over St. Francis

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Bloggin’ Rick Pitino is back on the inter-webs to give his thoughts on the 85-41 victory over St. Francis. With a score like that, you would think that all is well in the mind of Coach Pitino. Also, if you think that, you probably aren’t a coach. We are never satisfied!

In his latest blog, which you can read by clicking here, Pitino talks about some of the things he was not happy with. Don’t worry, he also talks about the positives and the upcoming game against Saint Louis. Here is some of the most recent blog from Coach…

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Willard, Lee, Spalding, and Mitchell post-St. Francis comments

Here is video of Ralph Willard, Damion Lee, Ray Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell after Louisville’s 85-41 win over St. Francis on Tuesday night.

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Pitino and players speak after the North Florida game

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Videos from after the win over North Florida.

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Cards dominate North Florida 89-61; improve to 3-0

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Well that one certainly was a good start to this big Saturday in UofL sports! The Cards knocked off North Florida 89-61 to improve to 3-0 on the season, and there were plenty of good things to point out from this one.

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Game Notes: Louisville vs Bellarmine

Exhibition: Louisville Cardinals vs Bellarmine Knights

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Here are some of the more notable notes (is that a thing?) from today’s game notes on

Date: Nov. 1, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (81-13 in 6th yr.)
Television: WAVE-TV (Channel 3 in Louisville)
Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Drew Deener, analyst
Radio: WKRD (790 AM)
Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (no Sirius/XM)
Series History: UofL leads 12-0 (including regular season games only)
Last Meeting: UofL 82, Bellarmine 57 (Nov. 9, 2014 at KFC Yum! Center)
Officials: Lamont Simpson, Tim Ebersole, Matt Porter
Next UofL Game: Nov. 9 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (exhibition), 7 p.m.,
(WAVE-TV) KFC Yum! Center

Probable Starting Lineups

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Five takeaways from the first Red-White scrimmage



Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…

These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.

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Basketball Cards sing “Happy Birthday” to Coach Pitino

So this team seems sort of easy to root for. Friday was Rick Pitino’s 63rd birthday. It is so funny to watch over and over to see how different players react. Raymond Spalding wants no part of it. Anas can’t get enough. Freshman Donovan Mitchell is the leading the choir. And of course Jaylen Johnson remixes it all up.

Happy birthday coach P from the squad!!! We have way too much fun!! Love my bros🐔🐔👌🏾👌🏾💯💯 #HBD #L1C4

A video posted by Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) on

Box score for Louisville vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday



Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.

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Complete schedule for Cards in Puerto Rico

Photo: Kenny Klein

Photo: Kenny Klein

Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Louisville Cardinals basketball team starting tomorrow as the Cards begin their 9 game (6 day) stretch in Puerto Rico. If you are able to catch any games, the schedule is listed below.

University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule
vs. Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams

Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team

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Report: Louisville Basketball heading back to Battle for Atlantis in 2016



ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Louisville Cardinals appear to be one of the teams that will be playing in the Battle for Atlantis in the 2016-17 season.

That is a great start to the field that will battle it out in the Bahamas. The first thing that sticks out to me is a possible matchup against Michigan State. As you know, the Cards will play the Spartans this coming season in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. So there is a chance that they could meet for the third consecutive year in the Battle for Atlantis.

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Rick Pitino Gives a UofL Basketball Roster Breakdown

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

On Wednesday afternoon, Rick Pitino spoke to the Courier-Journal and gave a full roster breakdown for his team this upcoming season. Jeff Greer has the full article here of course, but I will just post a few of the ones that stuck out to me and that may interest you.

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Derby Classic Leftovers: Dunk Contest and Interviews with Mitchell and Adel



Final stats from the game.

Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest at Freedom Hall last night, which wasn’t a huge surprise. This first video of that comes from

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Final Stats from Derby Festival Basketball Classic

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The future Louisville Cardinals played on the White team on Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall. The team did not get the win, but the future Cards certainly did their part. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 steals. Deng Adel also had a very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Check out the rest of the box score below.

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Highlights: Future Cards at Night of the Future Stars

Here is a video from Friday night’s events at New Albany High School. Before tonight’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic, there is the Night of the Future Stars with a dunk contest, three point contest, and more competitions. The finals for the dunk and three point contests will be tonight at Freedom Hall at halftime of the game. Both events will have a future Louisville Cardinal in them.

Donovan Mitchell will be in the finals of the dunk contest along with Justin Simon (Arizona) and Danjel Purifoy (Auburn). Ryan McMahon will be in the finals of the three point contest with Matt Ryan (Notre Dame), Brandon Sampson (St. John’s), and Diamond Stone (Maryland).

This first video pretty much summarizes all of it for the future Cards. It is from

Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic: Rosters and Ticket Info

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There have been just a couple of updates since the rosters came out, and with the game being this week, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to post it again.

The Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be held this Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 at Freedom Hall. You have the chance to come out and see some of the best high school basketball players in the country compete in this All-Star game. So you are just a Louisville fan and that is all you care about, what’s in it for you? Well, all four players that are committed to Louisville (3 have signed) will be playing in this game. So yes, you get to see Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon.

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2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic Rosters Announced

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The rosters for this year’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic have been announced, and fans of the Louisville Cardinals should be ready to buy their tickets. Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon will all be participating in this year’s game.

Mitchell, Adel, and Spalding are all signed and McMahon is a commit. If you kept up with our recruiting notebooks a few months ago, a lot of these names will look familiar as Louisville was recruiting some of them.

The game will be played Saturday April 11, 2015 at 7:00 at the world famous Freedom Hall.

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Louisville Basketball commit Donovan Mitchell ask teacher not to use blue pen

Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell ask his Brewster Academy teacher to not use blue pens on his paper and stick to solely red. I think Donovan understands this rivalry:

Mitchell tagged fellow 2015 commits Ray Spalding and Deg Adel in the post. I’m already starting to love this class!


ESPN Updates Basketball Recruiting Rankings has updated their top 100 college basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2015. The 4 commitments for the Louisville Cardinals are all in the top 51. Here is how they are ranked in the latest rankings on ESPN…

Antonio Blakeney 14) Antonio Blakeney: 5-star; #2 SG

Deng Adel 29) Deng Adel: 4-star; #6 SF

Donovan Mitchell 37) Donovan Mitchell: 4-star; #10 SG (will likely play PG at Louisville)

Raymond Spalding 51) Raymond Spalding: 4-star; #11 PF

And also, the Cards also have the #1 class in the country according to ESPN.

Louisville Basketball’s 2015 Commits: By the Numbers

With the recent commitment of Antonio Blakeney to Louisville, the Cards have put together what will be one of the best classes in the country. Here is how each player is rated on each of the major recruiting sites, along with highlights of each player.



SG Antonio Blakeney

6’4   170 lbs

Orlando, Florida

ESPN: 5*

247 Sports: 5*

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/25/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. This week we we have a big target who was scheduled to visit, but now will push that back. But on the flip side, another 5-star guard will be in town this coming weekend!

Point Guard

Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – It has been fun watching Mitchell’s rise from sleeper to star. At last week’s Elite 24 game the 6’3 guard added to that status. Mitchell finished 3rd in the Elite 24 dunk contest and completely stole the show with this dunk that made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10:

As far as recruiting goes, Mitchell seems to be recruiting PJ Dozier, Derrick Jones, and Antonio Blakeney to Louisville with him. Mitchell has a close friendship with Jones and Dozier, but is intrigued with playing along side a guard with the talent of Blakeney. One thing for sure is which ever guard ends up grabbing that last scholarship is sure to have an absolute stud (Mitchell) playing beside them. -Steve Rummage

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