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.