By all accounts the Cardinal basketball team will be in the top 10 when the polls come out in the coming weeks. Sporting News also believes this and placed the Cards at #7 in their pre season top 25 and had this to say:
Notable games on the schedule: Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota (in Puerto Rico); Dec. 2 vs. Ohio State; Dec. 27 vs. Kentucky; Jan. 17 vs. Duke; Jan. 31 vs. North Carolina; Feb. 7 at Virginia.
What worries us now: Russ Smith was so enormous for the Cardinals the past two seasons that even with able players taking over – Terry Rozier for instance has a chance to be a star – it’s reasonable to wonder how long the transition to playing without the Russdiculous factor might take
Why we still believe: Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player.
He is physically powerful, plays team first ball, and moves his feet beautifully on defense and rebounds. Plus he can score in a variety of ways. Coach Rick Pitino will put him in good situations. He might be good enough to carry the team at times.
This years College Basketball preseason edition of Sporting News ranks the Cards at #7. Sporting News also has 3 other ACC teams (Duke, UNC, and Virginia) in the top 10. IMO anywhere between 7-12 is a fair ranking for Louisville this season. Regardless of ranking there is no doubt that this will be one of the best conferences we have seen in awhile. #ACC
Louisville cornerback Charles Gaines has been named a 3rd Team Preseason All-American by SportingNews.com. Gaines will be a junior this season and is expected to be one of the leaders on defense. If nothing else, he will surely be a VOCAL leader. If you are at a game this season or especially an open practice, just watch Gaines for a few minutes. Let me know if there is a time where he is not talking.
Gaines has played wide receiver for Louisville but settled in very nicely last season at cornerback. He had 5 interceptions on the season and returned 1 for a touchdown. Anytime he touches the ball, he is a threat to score, whether that be on defense or special teams.
The preseason recognition is great for Charles Gaines.
This week…..on 55…..
We talk about huge basketball wins, Women’s Basketball advancing to the AAC tourney final, Sr night and the end of 55? And much, much more. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) For all that have been asking, Mom got out of the hospital this weekend, your prayers were appreciated and mine were answered. Thank you guys so much…..
2) Saturday was Sr night for the winningest Senior class in UofL Men’s Basketball history….Thanks go out to each and every one of you guys.
3) Here is a personal thanks to each of you individually
5) Tim Henderson: Wichita…the kid got a nickname! Without a doubt the 2nd biggest inspiration during the tourney run last year behind Kevin Ware. This guy was always underappreciated by the fanbase and always worked so hard.
He got in and extended our title run with 2 shots that will go down in Louisville history. Tim, as one of your biggest skeptics the first 2.5 years I wanna say thank you for all you have done. Maybe this year we can use some more Wichita magic!
7) Stephan Van Treese: SVT, SVB, VAN BEAST, Big Hustle. The man of many nicknames for many UL fans. One of the few guys that I can remember who gave his all every single play. Another key factor to our success. You need a hustle play and he will take care of it for you.
A member of one of the most troubled recruiting classes we have had along side of Swop, Marra & Buckles…Siva was fine as we know…SVT decided to come back this year and make it count and boy did we ever need him. Big Hustle, to you I salute you sir!
9) Luke Hancock: Lukeeeeeeeeeee (11 e’s because he is #11, duh) Luke is without a shadow of a doubt the most impactful transfer I can remember with Clifford Rozier being my #1 prior. The guy who single handedly turned around the NCAA title game after we got Spike’d (I still don’t believe it).
and just like that, and a Trezl dunk, in a blink of an eye Louisville came back to beat Michigan for it’s 3rd NCAA title. Thank you to the M.O.P. of the NCAA Final Four Luke Hancock. After losing his dad and playing for our country this past summer, Luke looks like he’s in Luke Tourney form from last year. Thanks again Luke….you will be remembered forever….
The regular-season awards are starting to roll in for Russ Smith. Today, the All-American teams were named for NBC Sports, Bleacher Report, and Sporting News, and Russ made the 1st team for all three! That is a huge honor for the senior guard.
All 3 publications mention the 13 assists that Russ dished out on Saturday against UConn.
Russ Smith, Louisville (17.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 spg, 39.4% 3PT): The key to Louisville’s season has been Smith’s ability to embrace being a point guard isn’t of simply being Russdiculous. It should tell you something that, on his Senior Night and just three days after exploding for 22 second half points and six threes in eight minutes in a come-from-behind win at SMU, Smith finished with 13 assists and just two shots from the floor.