The official media predictions will be released on Monday, but I figured I would go ahead and give my predictions for how I think the standings will be in the ACC this season. This prediction will mean about as much as the media one that comes out tomorrow, which is not much at all. The games have to be played on the field, so whatever we predict is just good for conversation and debate. Pretty soon I will post my game-by-game prediction for the Cards, but for now, here are my predicted standings…
1) Florida State
5) North Carolina State
6) Boston College
7) Wake Forest
It is finally here! July 1, 2014. The University of Louisville is an official member of the Atlantic Coast Conference! Not the Big East. Not the American Athletic Conference. This is the ACC! Back in November of 2012, it was announced that this move would happen. The date seemed so far away. We would have to endure a season in the American Athletic Conference, but we did it. The schedules were less than stellar, but we made it. Now we enter a whole new ballpark.
In basketball, Louisville joins what could possibly be the best basketball conference ever assembled. The Big East had some awesome years and was consistently the best basketball conference. This version of the ACC could be even better. With Louisville, you will also have Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Virginia, and more.
Athlon released their predictions for the conference finishes earlier in June, and here is what they predicted for the ACC in 2014. They have the Cards finishing 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a solid first year in the ACC to me.
2014 ACC Predictions
Some of the most exciting announcements made during the summer are the kickoff times for Louisville football games. Anything involving football has added excitement this season because of the ACC. Things get started right away with the season opener against Miami. I don’t remember Louisville ever playing a team with such history and prestige in the season opener, especially during the even years.
So far, three of the Cards’ six home games have been set. Good news is, none are at noon. Even better news, one of those games is Murray State. So even that game is in the evening. Enough with the chit chat. Here is one half of the 2014 Louisville Cardinals football schedule!
Monday September 1 (Labor Day) vs Miami 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Saturday September 6 vs Murray State 7:00 p.m. ESPN3.com
Saturday September 13 @ Virginia 12:30 p.m. ACC Network
Friday October 3 @ Syracuse 7:00 p.m. ESPN
Thursday October 30 vs Florida State 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Saturday November 22 @ Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. NBC
When the Louisville Cardinals leave a conference, it is pretty standard for them to win the conference tournament on their way out. Dating all the way back to the Metro conference days, whenever the Cards just like to leave the previous conference something to remember them by. Let’s hope that continues tonight as we exit the American Athletic Conference.
Below are the results of the final conference tournament results for Louisville for the Metro, Conference USA, Big East, and American…
March 10 (First round)
Louisville 84, Virginia Commonwealth 61
March 11 (Semifinals)
Louisville 81, Tulane 80 (OT)
March 12: (Finals)
Louisville 78, Southern Mississippi 64
The ACC announced home and away schedules for the 2014 football season, and if you are a Cards fan, you had to love what you saw. If you are not a Cards fan, why are you reading this? Thanks though! I realize we still have a 2013 season to play, but I thought I would go ahead and get this out there, because road trips and traveling can take some planning. I will also do one of these for this season. But with the excitement of the ACC on the way, this seemed like a good time to do this. Go ahead and make your plans to travel with the Cards on the road to an ACC game!
The dates are obviously not set yet, and these are in no particular order. But these are the conference teams that the Cards will play on the road in 2014. And yes, Notre Dame counts as ACC when it comes to this. For the distance, I just used mapquest and typed in the city of where the team plays, so of course it can be a few minutes off from where you would be coming from and where the stadium is, but you get a general idea.
By Justin Renck:
WOW! Well that was an exciting game, to say the least. In the first half, it looked like Syracuse could not miss a shot. They even banked in a 3! Even when we got down 16, I wasn’t worried. However, I did think “Well, it is just destiny for Syracuse to win this last game.” But still, I know what kind of team we have. We go on 6-0 and 8-0 runs all the time. It would just take one of those to get some momentum back and make it a game again, and that’s what happened. This team never quit, they never do at all. So I never quit believing in them, ever.
As the first half buzzer sounded, Coach Rick Pitino took his Louisville team into the locker room with a, well, non pleasant look to say the least. The Orange of Syracuse played one of the best halves a coach could ask for, playing fundamentally sound on offense and striving on defense. The main source of points came from forward CJ Fair, who finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Knocking down three’s and squeezing the paint tight on defense, Syracuse took the lead early and never relinquished it, winning 35-22 at the break.
Down 13, Louisville charged back late in the game with contributions from their bench. The Cardinals went on a 20-3 run, causing Jim Boeheim to call a time out with a little under half way to go in the 2nd half. Montrezl Harrell was a surprise of major help, adding 20 points and 7 rebounds. With the help of foul trouble on the Orange, Louisville climbed back and obtained a 8 point lead with 8:46 left. The run eventually grew to a 44-10 run, amazingly giving Louisville a double-digit lead with the minutes winding down.
When the clock hit 0:00, the Cardinal fans, along with the team, erupted with yells of relief and accomplishment. It was fitting that the final Big East Championship was a nail biter all the way through until the end. The Louisville Cardinals are now written off in the history books as the last ever champions, and are highly likely to win a number 1 seed come selection Sunday. The Orange look to regroup and focus on the tournament, hoping to learn from their mistakes made tonight. College basketball is full of many uncertain hopes, but this game will be etched into history and the minds of fans for a very long time.
Syracuse University Orange
(26-8, 11-7 Big East)
By Justin Renck:
The Louisville Cardinals are heading to the ACC soon. That is great for football, we all know that. It is even great for some of our other sports. For basketball, it means we get to play Duke and North Carolina every year, and of course Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh as well. So basketball will be very exciting as well. However, let’s enjoy tonight. In fact, let’s enjoy this whole day while the anticipation builds up. Our team is playing in a very special game tonight, and I am not sure we really know how big it is right now. It may take some time and we will look back and say “Wow, we were apart of that final Big East Tournament game.”
By Paige Sherrard:
Louisville has their hands full with the #6 ranked Syracuse Orange. Ranked number one, the CARDS have a target on their back. Could the Orange hit the bulls eye and knock the CARDS off?? Or will the CARDS shut down Syracuse’s leading shooters, Michael Carter-Williams, averaging 11.9 points per game and Brandon Triche, averaging 14.1 points per game. Today both teams battle for control of the Big East, but only one is battling to keep the #1 spot.
I sat down with recent Louisville Graduate and diehard Cards fan, Taylor Gwynn, asking him what his thoughts were on today’s big match up.
By Justin Renck:
When I think of UofL-Syracuse, the first thing that comes to mind was the final game at Freedom Hall, or the “Kyle Kuric show”. It is kind of weird to even think that before this game, Kuric was never really a main player for UofL. He was ending his sophomore year and only averaging about 2 points per game. After this game, he went on to be a fan favorite (of course) but also play a main role for UofL for his last 2 seasons.