Crazy to think it has already been 5 years since the final Louisville game at Freedom Hall. I don’t care how nice the KFC Yum! Center is, I always miss going to games at Freedom Hall. There will never be anything like it. I was in the big minority of people that didn’t even want a new arena. Obviously, the Yum is a much nicer facility, but Freedom Hall will always be special to me. And I think it’s obvious where the better atmosphere was!
The day set up perfectly. Louisville was a bubble team and needed a big win to get into the NCAA Tournament. How about the #1 team in the country coming to town? Would that be a good enough win? It absolutely would. Bring on the Syracuse Orange, who the Cards have made a great little history with over the last few years.
With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.
There are 6 ACC games on the schedule today. The Cards will host Miami and try to end their two game losing streak. They are still fighting to get one of those top 4 spots in the conference and earn a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
You know, we played well. I thought Quentin Snider played outstanding. It wasn’t his play, it was Wayne Blackshear not getting in foul trouble. We had to go substitute out of weakness rather than strength. But I thought we moved the ball great in the first half, did a lot of really good things. We missed a lot of shots that would have kept us in the game in the second half, wide-open, we had two in the corner.
But what’s stopping us from being a very good basketball team is the last three years we’ve been one of the most feared defensive teams in the nation, with steals, turnovers, and we’ve just been void of both. I’m going to put out there on Kenny (Klein’s) web site to try and motivate our guys — who’s getting the deflections. Again, we’re falling short of it, so I’m using you to motivate my players.
Nevermind the freezing temperatures outside. If you get on social media, the world seems to be ending and it has nothing to do with weather. It has everything to do with Louisville losing their second basketball game in a row. This game had plenty of storylines if you are a Cards fan, from a suspended point guard to a senior not exactly stuffing the stat sheet. Here are just some of my quick hitting thoughts after the 69-59 loss at Syracuse. I won’t try to paint a National Championship picture, but I also won’t act like we should give up the sport for good after this season. This will just be honest opinions from yours truly, a fellow fan of the Cards.
Chris Jones did it to himself
Coach Pitino comes on around 1:40:30 of the teleconference.
Well it’s (the snow) pretty bad for Louisville, KY. The only way we get rid of snow here is the sun coming out so we don’t handle it as well as Syracuse, where we’re heading. We know Syracuse has always been a tough place to play for anybody. They’re playing extremely competitively right now. Three of their players are averaging 38 or 39 minutes right now. So their best players are on the court, and we have to be ready for a very active 2-3 zone.
The Cards are off this Saturday because of their game next Thursday against Florida State. There are still some other good games this weekend to pay attention to in the ACC division races. The Coastal is obviously all jumbled up as 1 game separates all 7 teams. Boston College needs to get back to their winning ways, so hosting Wake Forest should help that. Can Virginia get back on track against UNC and show that the first half of the season wasn’t a fluke?
And it will be good to see if Clemson can go on the road and play in a loud environment…
Week 8 for the ACC got started on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 21-16 in a Coastal matchup. Obviously, the biggest game involving an ACC team is not a conference game, and that is Florida State vs Notre Dame. Other than that, there are still some good games that should put some separation between teams in the conference. Here is the schedule, followed by the standings.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.
Here is the schedule of games today in the ACC. Obviously, Louisville at Clemson is the game of the week, but there are some other good games as well.
Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) vs (1) Florida State (5-0, 3-0) 12:00 ESPN
Miami (3-3, 1-2) vs Cincinnati (2-2, 0-1) 12:00 GamePlan/ESPN3
Week 6 is full of ACC Conference games, so things will be exciting today. Duke and Boston College both have a bye, but everyone else plays and they are all conference games. Louisville got the week started with their 28-6 win over Syracuse on Friday night. Here is the schedule of games for this week, along with the standings.
Louisville (5-1, 3-1) def Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) 28-6
North Carolina (2-2, 0-1) vs Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1) 12:30 GamePlan/ESPN3
Clemson (2-2, 1-1) vs NC State (4-1, 0-1) 3:30 ESPNU
Highlights from the game last night from the ACC Digital Network.
ACC Digital Network is at it again, always putting out videos very soon after the game ends. Got to love that! Here you have the best of Brandon Radcliff, and then Terell Floyd goes all WWE.
Well the Cards just went to the Carrier Dome and exercised some demons. Going up to a place that hasn’t been to friendly, Louisville leaves Syracuse with the 28-6 victory. They improve to 5-1 on the season and are now 3-1 in ACC play. Here are just some quick thoughts right after the game.
*First off, the defense was outstanding once again. After facing 3 freshman quarterbacks in their first 5 games, the Cards finally faced a team that has been decent on offense. Senior QB Terrel Hunt threw for 294 yards last week against Notre Dame. Louisville held him to 196 yards in this game and he threw 2 interceptions and 0 touchdowns. He obviously didn’t throw for a touchdown because this defense didn’t give up a touchdown all game. In fact, they haven’t given up a touchdown since the 3rd quarter in the Virginia game.
On this week’s edition of “Justin Time,” I talk about two of the most beloved Louisville Cardinals of all time, Teddy Bridgewater and Russ Smith. Both guys are beginning that next chapter in their lives and careers, but they will always be Cards. I also talk a little bit about why this Syracuse football game is so much more exciting than it has ever been before, and a little bonus video at the end of the post.
Teddy Bridgewater: Pondering
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Now back to this. If you missed things during the week, or even if you didn’t but want a page with all of the links about Louisville-Syracuse from the week that we posted, here it is for you. This way you don’t have to go search if you want to see things like the depth chart or the video of Bobby Petrino talking about Syracuse. It is all listed below. If anything else gets posted today about the game, I will add it on here too. Hope this makes things easier for you. Go Cards!
If you want to learn about the Syracuse Orange before kickoff on Friday night between the Cards and Orange, this is for you. I had a chance to ask a few questions to Stephen Bailey, who is the beat writer for the team for Syracuse.com. He provided great insight into the team and hopes that this can give a good amount of background on the team for Louisville fans.
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CSZ: What would you say is the biggest strength for this Syracuse team? And the biggest weakness?
Bailey: The biggest strength is probably quarterback Terrel Hunt’s mobility. While his accuracy has been inconsistent, particularly on shorter passes, Hunt’s downhill running ability has been clear in the three-plus games he’s played. Notre Dame’s defensive gameplan was to take away the perimeter so Hunt didn’t have many chances running the zone read against the Fighting Irish, but I would expect that whenever he has the chance to put SU in a running situation on Friday night, he will. Hunt isn’t particularly fast, but he’s shifty and strong — not the kind of guy who gets knocked backward very often. Read the rest of this entry
Every week, the head football coaches of the ACC jump on a teleconference with different members of the media. They usually have an opening statement about their team and then take questions, as well as preview the upcoming opponent. Here are the transcripts from Bobby Petrino and Scott Shafer, head coach of the Syracuse Orange. Check out what they both had to say coming into the game on Friday night in the Carrier Dome.
Bobby Petrino – Louisville
BOBBY PETRINO: We’re excited about traveling to Syracuse. We’re coming off of a good win against Wake Forest at home, and we know we have a great challenge ahead of us at Syracuse. Our players are looking forward to it. Our defense has been playing real well. Offensively we’re still working to find some consistency.
Q. I know you’ve talked about the challenge of going up to Syracuse. What have you seen on film from the Orange offensively with Terrel Hunt and some of the weapons they have that are really are looking to be able to battle up against and stop? What can you say about their quarterback and their weapons?
Here are the depth charts listed on each team’s website for Friday night’s game between Louisville and Syracuse. For Louisville, although it does say “Will Gardner or Reggie Bonnafon,” we know that Coach Petrino has announced that Reggie Bonnafon will start the game. It does list Matt Milton as a starter at wide receiver. Personally, I am STILL waiting for him to break onto the scene. I feel like I have been hyping him up for 3 years now.
The offensive line still has the “or” word used at center and right guard. Another interesting note is that James Quick is not listed as the first or second punt returner. Sticking with special teams, Brandon Radcliff is not listed as a starting kick returner, possibly indicating that he will continue to get more carries from the running back position.
11 Will Gardner 6-5 226 So.
or 7 Reggie Bonnafon 6-3 206 Fr.
12 Brett Nelson 6-4 220 Sr.
Syracuse head football coach Scott Shafer met with the media for his weekly press conference to preview the Louisville game on Friday night.