If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the full Rick Pitino interview with Seth Davis. It is broken down into 9 different videos. I couldn’t embed the full video from Campus Insiders because, you know, technology and stuff. So I had to use their separate clips from YouTube. The benefit here is that if you don’t have time to watch it all, you can just watch a couple clips at a time. Sound like a plan? Good deal, go!
Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network. In it, Coach Pitino briefly talks about coaching in places for the first time this season.
According to multiple sources Rick Pitino and Asst. Coach Kenny Johnson are watching 2015 4 star PG Traci Carter today. Pitino mentioned in his pre game press conference on Monday that the Cards would still like to add one more guard in the 2015 class. While all signs point to the Cards looking to land a “5th year transfer” Carter’s name also has risen to the forefront. Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke with Carter’s mentor Donnie Carr about the possibility of the 4 star guard landing at Louisville
From Steve Jones’s article:
Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)
The Louisville Cardinals have both of their basketball teams ranked in the Top 15 of the AP poll. The men jumped up 1 spot this week to #7, and the women stayed put at #12.
The men (1-0) have two games this week. Tonight they face Jacksonville State at 7:00 and Friday they play Marshall at 9:00. Both games are at home. The women (2-0) host Belmont on Thursday at 7:00.
What is better than the humor and wit of one Pitino at a press conference? How about two Pitino’s? On Tuesday afternoon, both Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino met with the media in Louisville to discuss the upcoming game between Louisville and Minnesota. Believe it or not, the season starts this Friday!
Video courtesy of thecrunchzone.com
Adidas unveiled the uniforms the Cardinals will wear when they take the floor against Minnesota on Friday night (pictured above). Count me in as one who loves them! Here are some specifics on the uniforms
Per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
Cardinals Will Wear Special Uniforms Friday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville will wear special adidas uniforms for its Nov. 14 season opening men’s basketball game against Minnesota in the Armed Forces Classic, to be played at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The limited edition uniforms feature a white and grey camouflage pattern with red and light blue trim as a tribute to the Coast Guard’s red, white and blue colors and racing stripe. The back of each player’s jersey displays the Coast Guard motto of “Semper Paratus,” which translates to “Always Ready.”
The uniform also includes custom editions of the adidas D Rose 773 III and D Rose Englewood III shoes designed with a Louisville red camouflage pattern with blue laces. The Cardinals’ mantra “L1C4” (Louisville First, Cards Forever) is stitched into the heel. Beginning Nov. 12, fans can purchase their own versions of the Armed Forces Classic D Rose 773 III at miadidas.com.
Sports Illustrated released their College Basketball preview addition which included crystal ball picks from their top 4 writers. While none of the four had the Cards in the Final Four Luke Winn named Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell as his prediction to win National Player of the Year. Seth Davis and Pete Thamel had Duke’s Jahlil Okafor while Brain Hamilton chose UNC’s Marcus Paige meaning all four selections came from the ACC. Here is what Winn had to say about Harrell:
Winn: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville. Not an easy call between Harrell andFrank Kaminsky. The deciding factor? Kaminsky has two rising stars (Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes) alongside him in Wisconsin’s frontcourt, and I see the Badgers being more balanced statistically than they were in ’13-14. Harrell is the only real offensive option on Louisville’s front line, and thus is a threat to average something like 18-and-11 as a junior. That’s a POY stat line.
This Sunday when the Bellarmine Knights take the floor against the Louisville Cardinals they will have a new member of the team. That member is 15 year old Patrick McSweeney. Patrick is suffering from life threatening leukemia but will be announced as a starter this Sunday for the Knights according to a fantastic article written by ESPN’s Dana O’Neil. This will without a doubt be a great moment for everyone involved and much respect goes out to Coach Davenport and Coach Pitino for making it happen. The exhibition starts at 12:30 and you can follow Patrick on twitter @.
From Dana O’Neil Article:
And on Sunday at 12:30 he’ll be introduced as a starter against his favorite college basketball team, the University of Louisville, in an exhibition game.
“It’s the boost he needs right now,” Debbie McSweeney, Patrick’s mother. “Just this week we found out his T cells aren’t being effective and for us to get this news, a day after some really bad news, it’s what he needed. It’s what we all needed right now, to have a little bit more hope.”
“Patrick was just speechless,” Debbie McSweeney said. “Basketball is this kid’s favorite sport. Having Bellarmine, having something that’s normal, that’s the key. With all of these treatments, all the isolation, normal disappears.”
McSweeney will take part in the entire day – from the pregame meal, to the walkthrough, to the bus ride to the arena, to, if all goes well, the first bucket.
he family thought he’d only be there for one night but with the news that his T cells weren’t responding properly, he now will be away for at least two weeks. Originally they planned to directly from the Yum! Center and make the 14-hour drive, so they’d have a car, a drive Debbie McSweeney was admittedly dreading.
“Coach Pitino said, ‘No, they’re not driving,’” Davenport said.
The Louisville coach is flying the family there, making sure they have transportation, and paying for their hotel stay.
“The only thing that’s left is to make sure we fill the place,” Davenport said. “If people have a ticket, show up. If you don’t have a ticket, get one.”
Freshman Shaqquan Aaron did not suit up when the Cards faced Barry this past Saturday. Coach Pitino said he wasn’t pleased with the way Aaron had been practicing. On his radio show last night, Pitino revealed that Shaqquan is dealing with “an eligibility issue” and he has not been cleared yet by the NCAA to play. He also won’t play against Bellarmine this Sunday.
All indications point to this being something temporary and not something that will linger on. Let’s hope that is the case since the season officially starts next Friday (Nov 14) against Minnesota.
According to multiple sites top Louisville basketball target could make a decision by the end of this week. Dozier, who visited Louisville this past weekend, has taken all his official visits and feels he has enough information to make a decision. Dozier list Louisville, South Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan, and UNC but by all accounts the first 3 have the best shot at landing the 6’7 PG. We will have all updates as they happen here at CardinalSportsZone.com.
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!
The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:
-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.
The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:
Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.
Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)
Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.
According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.
This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.
Last week the Cards came in at #7 in Sporting News Preseason poll. Now for the second time the Cards find themselves at #7 but this time in the Yahoo Sports preseason poll. Yahoo looked at the best and worst case scenario’s for their top 25:
Last year’s record: 31-6, 15-3
Key returners: F Montrezl Harrell, G Terry Rozier, G Chris Jones, F Wayne Blackshear, F/C Mangok Mathiang, G Anton Gill
Notable newcomers: G Quentin Snider, F Jaylen Johnson, F/C Chinanu Onuaku, G Shaqquan Aaron
Best-case scenario: Finally free to run the show now that All-American Russ Smith has moved on to the professional ranks, Jones and Rozier show why Rick Pitino has been touting them all offseason. Jones, quicker and faster after shedding 10 pounds, excels attacking the rim and making plays off the dribble.Rozier validates the glowing reviews he received on the summer camp circuit and leaves scouts drooling by the end of his breakout season. The emergence of that guard duo ensures Louisville has the perimeter weapons it needs to complement a frontcourt highlighted by one of the best big men in the nation in Harrell. The 6-foot-8 junior returns more well-rounded, having added improved free throw shooting and an array of low post moves to his already-established prowess gobbling up rebounds and finishing at the rim. Fueled by that trio of all-league candidates and a talented supporting cast, Louisville has little trouble adjusting in its debut season in the ACC. The Cards sweep the regular season and tournament titles, a warning shot to Duke and North Carolina that Tobacco Road is no longer the ACC’s power center. Louisville’s dream season ends in ideal fashion as the Cards topple Kentucky in an all-Bluegrass national title game on a Harrell put-back slam at the buzzer. Pitino tattoos a picture of the play on his chest and vows to name his next Kentucky Derby-caliber horse after Harrell.
ESPN says the Cards Small Forward battle could be “one of the most intriguing position battles in the country”
ESPN released their list of the top 10 reserves in the country today and Louisville freshman Shaqquan Aaron came in at number 7.
7. Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville Cardinals
The fight for playing time in Louisville will be intense in 2014-15. Aaron, an explosive wing from Seattle who will likely begin the season on the bench, will push Wayne Blackshear for minutes at the small forward throughout the season in one of the most intriguing position battles in the country.
We are all expecting Wayne Blackshear to break out this season and become what has now been tabbed as “High School Wayne”. This will be necessary if the Senior wants to hold on to that starting job because Freshman Shaq Aaron can flat out play! Either way the Cards look to have a loaded roster again and October 19th (Red/White Game) can’t get here soon enough.