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Report: Chinanu Onuaku Staying at Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

One of the roster questions appears to have been answered. According to the Courier-Journal, big man Chinanu Onuaku will return to the University of Louisville. After Rick Pitino’s press conference on Monday to wrap up the season, there was a question as to whether Onuaku would be one of the players that would transfer out of the program.

Soon after the press conference, it was learned that Anton Gill would transfer. The other two question marks appeared to be Onuaku and Shaqquan Aaron. There is still no word on Aaron just yet, but it is good to hear that Onuaku will be back.

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Pitino Visits With Maverick Rowan Tuesday

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Since the basketball season ended on Sunday for the University of Louisville, there has been no shortage in news. Rick Pitino held a 30 minute press conference to wrap up the season, Anton Gill announced he was going to transfer, and he may not be the last player to leave.

What this also means is that the Cards are looking to add people to the current class, including possible transfers. Another player on the radar is 4-star small forward/shooting guard Maverick Rowan from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Cardinal Gibbons High School). According to Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com, Rick Pitino was going to meet with Rowan in Florida today (Tuesday).

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A look at potential transfers coming in for Louisville Basketball

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We have learned many things after the Cards OT loss to Michigan State on Sunday, but most of all we have learned the Louisville basketball team will look much different next season. After already signing three (Ryan McMahon is the 4th and hasn’t signed just yet) in the 2015 class (likely top 5) Louisville has one scholarship open that belonged to Akoy Agau. But today Rick Pitino let us know that two, maybe even three more could come open. Shortly after Pitino’s end of season press conference we found out that Anton Gill would be transferring from the program. So for those keeping up at home, we are up to two scholarships and I don’t believe we are done.

So now raises the big question: Who is going to fill these spots? Many things will play into who the Cards go after (How many spots do we have? Will some of these kids even leave?) and while I’m not ready to put a “Most likely” tag on anyone let’s take a look.

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Trey Lewis (Graduate Transfer)

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Yes for those asking, the same Trey Lewis that dropped a cool 24 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the Yum Center on the Cards this season. Lewis is an excellent player that averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line. Lewis hit 96 of 227 three pointers this season. Lewis announced today he would be leaving the CSU program and yes the Cards have already been in contact. I would be shocked if Lewis isn’t in a Louisville uniform next season.

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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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Anton Gill Will Transfer from Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Rick Pitino dropped some hints at today’s press conference that a couple of players could transfer out of the program. We have now learned that one of those will happen, and that is Anton Gill.

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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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Rick Pitino Previews Sweet 16 Game Against NC State

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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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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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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.

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

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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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Pitino, Snider, and Blackshear Discuss Win Over UC Irvine

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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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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.

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 http://tobtr.com/s/7434917 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!

(Check out all previous versions of the CardinalSportsZone Podcast at www.CardinalSportsZone.com/Podcast)

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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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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.

55 (Season 2 Episode 20)

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This week on 55…..

We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). We go over the silent (K) assassin and new commits, uniforms,rescheduled soccer and the Big Snack! Just a few more episodes of 55 left for the regular season. What’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? Clues later.

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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