The following transcripts come from Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.
Opening statement: We usually win with defense. Tonight we won with offense. Not that our defense was bad, but our offense was special. Great shooting percentages are the result of great passing, and we did a terrific job of passing against a very good defensive team. So, I’m real proud of our guys. We needed to get this road win. We’re at BC. We’re at Miami. We’re at Virginia. We needed to play well to get our confidence back after that Duke loss.
Sometimes, the worst thing that can happen after a loss is a lot of time off between games. It feels like the Cards haven’t played in a month. They will finally hit the court again on Sunday at 4 p.m. when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road. The game will be on CBS.
Rick Pitino talked about the game at his press conference on Friday afternoon. Here is what he had to say.
“As you all know, Pitt’s had a great winning record at home, nearly 88 percent, and certainly, they have a great home court with their student body. It’s always been a tough place to play, and we’re looking forward to it. Obviously it’s a nationally televised game, and I know our players are fired up about it.”
Quentin Goodin is a name you will be hearing for a while on the basketball recruiting front. He is only a junior this season so there is still a long way to go before he signs with a school. Goodin plays for Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
The 6’3 185 lb guard narrowed his list down to 12 on Thursday and Nextuprecruits.com was the first to report it. His list of 12 in no order: Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Marquette, Tennessee, Minnesota, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, Xavier, and Kentucky Wesleyan.
When there is a week off in between Louisville basketball games, any kind of story will turn into a big deal. This time it is the fact that junior Montrezl Harrell is no longer a captain on the team. When I first heard that news, it really wasn’t a big deal to me because I couldn’t have told you who the captains were anyway. In my book, the captains are Wayne Blackshear and Terry Rozier. So my first reaction to the news that Montrezl was no longer a captain was basically “Oh, he WAS a captain?”
On his weekly radio show on WHAS, Rick Pitino went into detail about why Harrell isn’t a captain anymore. He said it was actually Montrezl who asked to have that title stripped from him.
Coach Pitino met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the Duke game. The Cards will face Duke on Saturday, one week after facing North Carolina. These are regular season games for us now people. How cool is that?
Video from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com. Transcript from Courier-Journal.com.
Opening statement: Well I like 12 o’clock games much better than 9 o’clock games so we’re looking forward to this. Certainly this conference is different on every given night. Any time you have a large conference, you’ll see things that you don’t expect. Certainly, you did not expect the Miami victory that way in the last 10 minutes of the game. But nonetheless Duke presents a lot of problems for us that we have got to take care of in order to get a victory.
Coach P talked with Fox Sports about a variety of topics. Lets just say I love my Coach!! #L1C4
Video from TheCrunchZone.com
“The first unit guys played really well and passed the ball really well. They did a lot of really good things at executing, making extra passes, and executing. Their team was totally overmatched, and I think they worked really, really hard, and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t embarrassed in any way possible because they worked so hard. It was good that we gave some guys an opportunity, with a big game coming up, to play. And real, real proud of the way our starters played tonight, they did a terrific job.”
When Montrezl Harrell takes the court tonight, he will be doing so against the team he originally signed with, Virginia Tech. Coming out of high school, Harrell signed with the Hokies to play for then coach Seth Greenberg. Coach Greenberg, who now works at ESPN, was fired in April of 2012. Because of that, Harrell was able to get out of his letter of intent and go somewhere else.
The rest can be better explained in this piece from Roanoke.com:
When the schedule for this basketball season was released, one of the first things that most people looked for was probably when the Cards would play North Carolina and Duke. If so, they would see that at this time in January, they would face those teams on back to back Saturdays, which is pretty awesome. What they may have overlooked was that little game in between, which is tonight’s matchup against Virginia Tech. In what would usually be a classic trap game, I don’t think that will be the case tonight.
Every Monday, the ACC basketball coaches join in on the ACC teleconference at their scheduled times. Today should be a good one with Rick Pitino. Not good because of the loss to UNC, but you would expect him to have some important things to say following that game and getting ready for tomorrow night’s game against Virginia Tech.
Full transcript of Rick Pitino’s press conference previewing the North Carolina Tar Heels, courtesy of Russ Brown and posted on Courier-Journal.com.
Opening statement: When you get into league play, every game takes on a different style and certainly this will be a totally different style from the Clemson game. There’ll be a lot more paying attention to transition baskets, rebounding, controling your turnovers. This should be a very exciting game for both teams.
On his radio show Thursday evening on 840 WHAS, Rick Pitino dropped some unexpected news about next season’s class. Currently, the Cards will be bringing in three freshmen: Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Ray Spalding. But the new news is that Pitino said that they are also “looking at two fifth-year transfers” to add next season.
Since the Cards will head to Chapel Hill tomorrow lets take a look back a couple classic Louisville/UNC games.
1999 at Freedom Hall “The Run”
The amazing run by the Cards starts around the 39:45 mark
1986 Sweet Sixteen “Cards beat UNC on their way to a National Championship”
Louisville Starters: Pervis Ellison, Jeff Hall, Milt Wagner, Herb Crook, Billy Thompson
North Carolina Starters: Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Jeff Lebo, Joe Wolf, Steve Hale
2008 Elite 8
No title seemed more appropriate than the slogan that is used for the University of Louisville (It’s happening here). I mean the actual University, not just athletics. At least that is the last slogan I am aware of, not sure if it has changed again.
When I started this post, it was going to only be about the men’s and women’s basketball teams at UofL. I was going to tell you about their combined record of 27-2 overall and how the men are ranked 5th and the women are 6th, for an average of 5.5 between the two teams. But there was just something I couldn’t ignore. I wish I could, but I couldn’t.
Coach Rick Pitino spoke to Terry Meiners on Monday afternoon about the Kentucky game, a lineup change, and more. You can click the link and listen to the interview, or check out the full transcript below from courier-journal.com.
One of the main reasons I have this website is to be able to voice my opinion and have a forum to do it on. Rather than send 50 tweets or make a Facebook status (which I rarely do about sports anymore) about a particular game, it is easier to be able to make a post on here, where I have all the room that I need. If people choose to read it, then that’s great. If not, well I still survive so it’s OK.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Louisville-Kentucky basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Like I did a few times during football season, this will be a post of thoughts from me without watching the replay yet on TV. It is always different being at the game or watching at home, where you can hear the announcers and probably have more information. I am not sure I will watch the game again, but these are just 5 thoughts that stick out just from being at the game and seeing it only once.
Even with the two best defensive teams in America on the floor yesterday it seems as all the talk has been about the “Chris Jones Flop”. Did Jones flop? Yes? Is he the first person to ever do it? No.
Let me take you back to last year when the King of Pout himself, Mr. Andrew (you stay in this (expletive) huddle) Harrison pulled one of the all time flops:
So I say keep doing what you do Chris Jones and Andrew…………………….man learn how to sell it!!
The Cards fell to the Cats by 8 but most, like myself, came away feeling pretty good about Louisville’s chances to be in Indy.
I don’t have much time this morning, but I had to get up some sort of pregame post about the game today. This one will focus around a particular question I have been asked far too many times this week: “Do you think Louisville has a chance on Saturday?” Um, yes. If you know anything about rivalry games, particularly this one, you wouldn’t even have to ask that question.
This isn’t exactly a 1 seed against a 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This is the #4 team in the country on their home floor against the #1 team and in-state rival. Now I am well aware that this Kentucky team is supposed to be unlike any other that college basketball has ever seen. I just posted yesterday that their starting 5 is taller than every starting 5 in the NBA, which is pretty remarkable to me. But one of the two NBA teams that were tied for being the tallest were the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 4-24 this season. Height doesn’t mean everything.