Yesterday Minnesota coach Richard Pitino blogged that they are trying to get a game with Louisville next year to open the season. The game would be held in a Military hanger in Puerto Rico on November 14th and the coach said they were 99% sure the game would happen. Last night his Father and Louisville basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino confirmed his sons blog post on his weekly radio show. Pitino told Paul Rogers that the game is all but going to happen some things with ESPN just need to be Ironed out.
Rick Pitino also confirmed that barring unforeseen circumstances the Cards will also be a part of the Jimmy V classic in Madison Square Garden against Indiana in early December. With these two games in the mix, the Big 10/ACC Challenge, and the annual Kentucky game next year is shaping up to be one of the Cardinals best out of Conference schedules to date.
The 9th ranked Cards (6-1) got back on track Friday night with a dominating 69-38 win over Southern Miss (6-1). The Golden Eagles entered the game averaging 74 points per game and were held to just 38, which is incredible. After giving up 93 points on Sunday in a loss to North Carolina, it was clear that the defense had to be better, and they certainly did make a statement. Southern Miss shot just 13-45 (28.9%) for the game, and this one was 34-13 at halftime.
Freshman Terry Rozier got his first career start and scored 9 points and dished out 3 assists. He started for Chris Jones, who came in and led the team in scoring with 18 points, including 4-7 from 3 point land.
I am not sure I remember seeing this, maybe I just blocked it out of my mind. But here are 4 grown men dancing in short shorts (I won’t call them underwear) and socks.
#3 Louisville (5-0) vs #24 North Carolina (3-1)
Series vs. North Carolina
UNC leads 8-3
Date ……………………….. UL-UNC
Jan. 3, 1929 (H) ….. 27-19
Mar. 25, 1972 (N)* .. 91-105
Dec. 30, 1972 (N)^ . 86-89
Feb. 27, 1977 (A)…. 89-96
Dec. 29, 1980 (A)~ . 64-86
Mar. 20, 1986 (N)# .. 94-79
Mar. 23, 1997 (N)+ .. 74-97
Dec. 3, 1997 (N)@ .. 72-81
Dec. 17, 1998 (A)…. 72-77
Dec. 23, 1999 (H)…. 97-80
Mar. 29, 2008 (N) …. 73-83
* NCAA Finals (Los Angeles,CA)
^ Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, HI)
~ Winston Tire Classic (Los Angeles)
# NCAA West Regional (Houston,TX)
+ NCAA East Regional (Syracuse, NY)
@Great Eight Basketball Classic
PRESS RELEASE from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
Norwegian Matz Stockman Signs with UofL Basketball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matz Stockman, a 7-2, 238-pound forward/center from Oslo, Norway, has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.
We have found out who Rick Pitino’s mystery man is and his name is: Matz Stockman. Stockman is a 7’2 Norwegian Center with a 7’6 wingspan. The Norwegian center averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game in the U18 European Championships in 2013. Other than that there is not much to go on for Stockman. In this article from Stockmans program CBA Academy Stockman’s coach said “He has the potential to be elite, it’s just a matter of time.”
This is normally the part of the day where Justin, Jeremy, or myself will write a piece about the opposing school regarding trash talk or something outlandish they have done. Last night I sat down to do just that and I FOUND…………………………………..Nothing. That’s right, nothing! No trash talk, no wild pictures or crazy tweets; just a group of very nice respectful young men. So let’s take a look at what I did find:
The Cards will sign all 3 of their 2014 basketball commits today. According to Steve Jones of the Courier Journal PF Jaylen Johnson (Pictured below) and C Chinanu Onuaku have already inked their name and SF Shaq Aaron will sign later tonight. Look for the Cards to sign 1 or 2 more between now and the spring, but it’s always good to get the names on the dotted line sooner than later.
Tonight at 7:00 pm ET, the 3rd ranked Louisville Cardinals (1-0) will host the Hofstra Pride (1-1) in their first of four games in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff. The Cards are 33 point favorites in this game and should not have too much trouble fending off the Pride, who have gone 17-47 the last two seasons and are picked last in the Colonial Athletic Association this season.