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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/22/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.

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Pitino: We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.

We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.

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A fan’s report: Behind the scenes in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 8

David Burns is a big UofL fan just like the rest of us. I coach his son, Dawson, in basketball at Holy Cross High School. David, Dawson, and Whitney (David’s youngest girl) went down to Puerto Rico for a few days to watch the Cards in action. But while you are there, you have to do more than just watch basketball. When he asked me what he should write about, I said just make it all about your trip and what you experienced. Everyone else will have game recaps and write-ups, but nobody will have your own experience in a post. And so that is what he gave me. Enjoy!

By David Burns:

Puerto Rico

We visited several areas of the territory. We hiked, zip-lined, and rappelled through the rainforest. If you are in moderate physical shape…you should put one of these tours on your must-do list.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/15/15

93.9 The Ville

Things are really beginning to heat up in UofL sports and we squeeze all of it that we can into our 1-hour show on 93.9 The Ville! If you missed it today, you can click the soundcloud link below and check it out. We spent about half the time on basketball and half on football. What do these Puerto Rico games mean? Is Quentin Snider’s development slowed down by Trey Lewis/Damion Lee being here? And on the football side of things, we had Brandon Marcello on the show. Brandon is Auburn’s beat writer for AL.com and had some great insight into Auburn’s team and how he thinks the fans there are looking at Louisville. Check it out!

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Box score from Louisville’s win on Friday night

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here is the box score from Louisville’s 84-81 win over Puerto Rico on Friday. From an iphone or ipad, if the box score does not show up, try viewing it in the adobe app.

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Wednesday’s box scores from Louisville vs Puerto Rico

Photo: Drew Deener

Photo: Drew Deener

It was a rough night for the Cards, who dropped both games to Puerto Rico again. The rough part was in the second game, where the Cards lost 96-62. Here are the box scores from each.

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Box score for Louisville vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

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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Video: Rick Pitino talks up the 2015-16 Louisville basketball team in Puerto Rico

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

You will have to excuse Drew Deener and his use of technology. The audio alone is worth it, though. Coach Pitino and the Cards welcomed the fans to Puerto Rico, and the coach had nothing but good things to say about the team. We know Ricky P speaks in hyperbole, but he may have outdone himself with the following quote:

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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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Schedule Changes for Louisville Basketball in Puerto Rico

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

UofL just released some adjustments made in the schedule for Puerto Rico. Per UofL:

The changes include:

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College Basketball: ESPN’s Way-too-early top 25 does not include Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Call it what you want. “Way-too-early” or “No-longer-way-too-early” as Eamonn Brennan calls it in his post on ESPN.com. Either way, it is a pretty early top 25 men’s college basketball poll. This poll does not include the Louisville Cardinals.

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5-star SG Markelle Fultz will visit Louisville this week

Markelle Fultz

Photo: twitter.com

Markelle Fultz is a consensus 5-star shooting guard on the four major recruiting sites, and he will officially visit the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, August 5. Fultz has set two official visits so far, Louisville and Arizona. He will visit Arizona on August 8. Players only get five official visits, so this is pretty big.

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Rick Pitino: This team is going to be a fan favorite

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.

Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 7/13/15

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Here we go, the first official CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook of the 2016 recruiting season! A few days ago, I posted a preliminary one with just the list of names that would likely be in this first notebook. Just kind of something to get you informed on the players and what was to come. Now it is time to give a little more information on each of the targets for UofL and where the Cards stand with some of them.

If you kept up with us last year, you know that this is still pretty early in the recruiting season. As time goes on, things will begin to take shape and pictures will become clear. Players will commit to schools and be removed from the list, and things will start to narrow down. For example, there are already a couple of players that will be on this first list, and that is likely it for him unless something drastically changes.

At the time of posting this, Louisville has three scholarships for 2016. V.J. King has one of them. If Maverick Rowan commits to UofL and will be in 2015, then that will mean that there are only two for next season, with King having one. So that would mean there is only one more spot to fill. So that stuff will depend on what happens with Maverick Rowan, quite possibly this week.

Steve Rummage and I have split up the list and will each give our insight into those players. Hope you enjoy!

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Maverick Rowan has a new top 4; Cards included

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Not going to do a long post about this one. Just going to leave this tweet here and you can make of it what you will.

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CBS Sports says Louisville had 2nd best college sports season in 2014-15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.

Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:

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Quentin Goodin has new top 5; Cards not in it

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

Taylor County High School 4-star guard Quentin Goodin (class of 2016) recently released a top 5 list that was Louisville, Western Kentucky, Xavier, Florida, and Miami. Now it appears that the Cards are out of the mix, and Michigan is in.

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Montrezl Harrell’s post-Louisville career off to a weird start

Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Even if things are a big deal, I usually downplay them and talk about why they aren’t. If everyone else gets riled up about a story, that is usually when I back away from it and just move on, to be different I guess. So I am not one to see something little and blow it out of proportion. But there has been something lately that just strikes me as “weird” I guess. The difference in Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell since the NBA Draft and the way that Rick Pitino has talked about each one has been very noticeable.

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Audio: Rick Pitino talks Trey Lewis, Puerto Rico, and NBA draft advice

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Here is the audio clip from Rick Pitino’s appearance on 840 WHAS with Terry Meiners. He gives high praise to Trey Lewis, talks about the upcoming trip to Puerto Rico for the Cards, and gives advice to players that are drafted into the NBA.

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2014-15 Year in Review by Crums Revenge

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Man there is nothing like being a fan of the Louisville Cardinals. Thank you Mike (Crums Revenge); you have done it again.

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