This week…..on 55…..
We talk Season Finale. Great season by Shoni as the Women’s Basketball run came to an end. Another era ended. We asked you what your Top 25 moments were of this season and you tweeted them to us. In a 2 week time frame that has felt like the worst time frame in our lives, was there a bright spot? Were there 2? Were there 3? (Shoni may agree) The Year Of The Cardinal may have some to an end but it’s not the end. It also wasn’t the only streak that ended this weekend. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is the season finale of……55.
Here we go……….
1) On Tuesday night, the amazing career of Shoni Schimmel and the unforgettable season of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team came to an end when they lost to Maryland 76-73 at home in the KFC YUM! Center. Shoni scored 31 points and added 5 steals and 4 assists while playing the entire 40 minutes. After a slow start to the 2nd half, Shoni erupted with back to back 3′s in the final 30 seconds and had a chance to tie it with one of the best drawn up and executed plays I have seen in my life. It didn’t go in. Asia Taylor added 12 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Antonita Slaughter scored 16. Thank you Seniors for the great ride and thank you Shoni as I am sure that your jersey will hang from the rafters one day, and this next picture that I’ve used several times this season will forever remind CardNation of what you are all about.
3) If only there was something Shoni could do within those next few days to lift her spirits and the spirits of CardNation…..
4) Oh Yeah
6) Shoni beat all of the ladies to win the women’s title, then beat men’s winner Brady Heslip to win the overall championship. Great day had by all…well except Oddysey
8) As @Slaughter_4 said……You mad?
10) Moving forward
11) On Thursday I asked you guys to send me your 2013-14 moment of the year so I could include them in this season finale. I got a lot of responses and I can’t include the duplicates but here are your top moments of the year.
It is obvious that our team will look much different next year. Losing such key components like Russ, Luke, Montrezl, and SVT will do that to a team. Pitino expects Montrezl to enter the NBA Draft, and I don’t think that will come as a surprise to any of us. Here is a look at what next year’s roster will probably look like. (After typing out the roster and actually looking at it, that whole “looking much different” part is a huge understatement, wow.)
PRESS RELEASE VIA ESPN
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rick Pitino switched from coach to lobbyist the moment his Louisville Cardinals won their third straight conference tournament title.
Of course, Pitino thinks the defending national champs deserve a No. 1 seed, even if he knows they likely won’t get one.
Montrezl Harrell had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and fifth-ranked Louisville beat No. 21 Connecticut 71-61 Saturday for the inaugural American Athletic Conference title in the Cardinals’ lone season in the league.
Pitino said he’s extremely biased.
“But I’m very impressed with our guys,” Pitino said. “What they’ve done to win a regular season, conference tournament the way we have done it, in the fashion we have done it fits the eye test. I can’t talk about the strength of the league. If you want to blame anybody, blame football. Don’t blame us.”
The Cardinals (29-5) clinched their 40th NCAA tournament berth in style with their 19th overall tournament title. They took the last two in the Big East and added the American to go with their share of the regular-season title with Cincinnati. They will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“To win a regular-season championship and a tournament championship back-to-back is not easy. You have to have special players, and these two epitomize exactly that,” Pitino said, praising Russ Smith and Harrell.
Smith, named the tournament’s most outstanding player, scored 19 points. He also had five steals to move into a tie for Louisville’s career record with 254. Chris Jones added 11 points.
Smith said he thought a year ago that he had done almost everything a college athlete can, but he wanted to enjoy being a senior on campus and work on his game. Now he has another title to enjoy.
“I have a lot of fun being at Louisville,” Smith said.
UConn (26-8) came in looking for an eighth tournament title to go with seven from the Big East. It was barred from postseason play a year ago, but is a virtual lock to return to the NCAA tournament this year.
The Huskies left Memphis with a third loss this season to Louisville — all by double digits.
“Louisville’s playing great basketball,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “They won the championship last year, they went to the Final Four the year before. They got pretty much their whole team back, an experienced bunch, they play hard and well coached. But this tournament is wide open. It’s a one-game elimination. Somebody can get hot, and hopefully that team will be us.”
Ollie also looked ahead to a conference that will be losing Louisville and Rutgers and adding teams like Tulsa. He said UConn plans to continue being at the top of the American.
“This conference is going to be great,” Ollie said.
UConn outscored Louisville 32-28 in the paint, but the Cardinals turned the Huskies’ 13 turnovers into 13 points. Louisville also outrebounded the Huskies 38-33 and enjoyed a 14-6 advantage on second-chance points.
Louisville routed UConn 81-48 a week ago on the Cardinals’ home court. But the Huskies were a confident bunch heading into the final, coming off victories over No. 19 Memphis in the quarterfinals and No. 13 Cincinnati in the semis.
The Cardinals grabbed an early lead and controlled the action for much of the game. Harrell scored 10 points in the first half and was a blur at times, blocking Brimah twice on one possession. He also swooped in for a dunk off a Smith assist that looked more like a layup that just missed the basket short.
UConn stayed within six of the Cardinals down the stretch, but Louisville finished the half on a 10-2 run that included 3s by Terry Rozier and Luke Hancock. Smith also had a steal and a pass ahead to Rozier for a fast-break layup that gave the Cardinals their biggest lead yet at 37-23 going into the break.
“We just didn’t find our rhythm,” Napier said. “They did play good defense. Once we got into the middle, guys had open shots, and we just couldn’t knock them down.”
The Huskies tried to take advantage of Louisville’s shooting woes to open the second half.
The Cardinals missed their first five shots, but Harrell had big three-point play for a 45-28 lead. Louisville went up by as much as 20 a couple times, the last at 52-32.
Press release from the American Athletic Conference.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS
Three unanimous selections highlight All-Conference First Team
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player, were among the five players chosen for the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, as voted by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made Tuesday by Commissioner Mike Aresco.
Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, UConn guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville guard Russ Smith were unanimous choices of the head coaches for the first team. They were joined on the team by Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell and SMU guard Nic Moore.
Bleacher Report released their All-Conference picks for the American Athletic Conference as well as their individual awards. Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell made the first team, and Terry Rozier was named Freshman of the Year in the conference. Click here to see the full page on their site.
F Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, sophomore - The potential first-round draft pick is averaging 14 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds in his first season as a starter. He had 25 points and 12 boards March 1 against Memphis.
G Joe Jackson, Memphis, senior - Jackson capped off his final regular season with the Tigers by averaging a career-high 14.4 points along with 4.6 assists. He’ll enter the ACC Tournament boasting 1,655 career points.
G Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, senior - The Bearcats won a share of a conference title for the first time since 2004 thanks to Kilpatrick, who averages 20.9 points. Kilpatrick eclipsed the 20-point barrier 18 times during the regular season.
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, senior - Napier, who won an NCAA title ring as a freshman, clearly saved his best for last. He’ll enter this week’s AAC Tournament averaging career-highs in points (17.8) and rebounds (6.0) along with 5.2 assists.
G Russ Smith, Louisville, senior - With Smith in the backcourt, the Cardinals have a shot to appear in their third straight Final Four. Smith averages 17.5 points and 4.8 assists. Much to the delight of Rick Pitino, he’s shooting career-best 46.8 percent from the field.
About a week ago, Louisville freshman Terry Rozier confessed that he has a fear of squirrels. That may have been the wrong thing to admit in this cruel and crazy world that we call College Basketball where fans are just ruthless. The fans at SMU have learned this about Rozier, and they plan to remind him about his fear during tonight’s game.
This comes from their message boards on PonyFans.com
by StallionsModelT » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:19 pm
One of the costume kids needs a squirrel outfit.
by FriscoChuck » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:24 pm
Any ability for SID to influence to play National Geographic squirrel video’s on the big screen during timeouts? Is that crossing the line? It would be funny though.
by Smu97186 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:26 pm
If someone isn’t In a squirrel outfit on Wednesday I will leave. That needs to happen
This week…..on 55…..
In honor of MY beloved Steelers hiring former Steeler great Joey Porter…and because I couldn’t find any new 55 pics…I have dedicated the title pic to you Joey Porter. Congrats! On the job not being the header on 55, or both, whatever. This week on 55 we discuss long layoffs, an all seeing being in CardNation 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) We shall start off this week with a little Football talk. Tae Thibodeaux signed with UofL on Wednesday. The 6’1 267 pound Defensive Tackle is a much needed addition to the 2014 recruiting class. Read more here
2) Also this past weekend the Cards had a ton of visitors. Headed by David Moala, Pio Vatuvei for officials and Emmitt Smith and compamy here for junior day. Read more about Pio and Moala here
3) It was announced that all of the Spring practices will be open to the public leading up to the annual Spring game on April 11. Here is the full schedule:
4) Henry Famurewa Tweeted this out on Saturday:
5) Straight Fire………..
6) On to Basketball
7) “This has been the longest wait ever between games! At least we get to play tomorrow.”
8) “No we don’t”
10) Snowmageddon, patent pending, probably not, pushed UofL’s game vs storied rival Temple over to Friday night AKA Valentines Day. No worries as the Cards dispatched their rivals 82-58. Montrezl Harrell had a career high 22 points and with his 6 dunks, pulled within one dunk of the single season dunk record set by Chane Behanan. Surely he would shatter that vs Rutgers….
12) Because he would only get one dunk Sunday night vs storied rival Rutgers during a 102-54 stomping of Rutgers at home in the YUM! Lead by Luke Hancock’s 25 points (6 threes), Rozier’s 4 threes which led to an overall season high 16 3 point baskets made, it gave very few opportunities for Trezl to be Trezl. Worry not as the very next dunk breaks the record.
13) Also evidentally ESPN likes to call every team we play a storied rival
Chris Jones will miss his 3rd straight game on Wednesday with an oblique injury when the Cards (16-3, 5-1) take on South Florida (10-8, 1-4) at 7:00 at the USF Sun Dome. Jones is averaging 11.3 points in 25.4 minutes per game this season. He has 47 assists and 26 turnovers.
Freshman Terry Rozier will get the start again in place of Jones. In the two games that Jones has been out, Rozier has averaged 7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. For the season, he has 38 assists and only 10 turnovers. He also has 67 total rebounds this season, while Jones has 35.
Jones is expected to be back for the Cincinnati game on January 30 at home. So it will be interesting to see if he or Rozier get the start when he returns. If the Cards take care of business at USF and are 3-0 with Rozier starting and him playing well, I don’t think it should even be a debate.
2013-14 AMERICAN STANDINGS
All this week we will be breaking down the match-ups at each position for the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game for this Saturday December 28. Today we continue with the shooting guard position.
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.
Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game.
Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.
Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown’s two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.
Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.
Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.
Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9
This was the scene as last year ended with the ultimate prize, the National Championship. This year should be no different. The loss of Siva and Dieng will be big shoes to follow. The additions of Jones, Gill, Rozier and Agau and maturation of guys like Mango, Montrezl, Kevin, Wayne, Chane Luke and Russ are pivotal to any success that comes. New names means new numbers and today the University of Louisville released the Jersey assignments for the upcoming season. Baumann, Bond & Baffour are not on that list as of now. List is courtesy of GoCards.com
By Justin Renck:
This Saturday, Cards fans will have an opportunity to see two future players for the Louisville Cardinals live and up close. 2013 signees Terry Rozier and Anton Gill will be in town playing in the Louisville Hoopfest at Iroquois High School. Rozier and Gill are teammates at Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Chatham, Virginia.
By Justin Renck:
*Charlie Strong picked up 2 committments today for the class of 2013. Richard Benjamin, a WR/DB that will likely play cornerback for the Cards, has offers from nearly every major program in the country. Read our earlier post here. Benjamin actually committed to the Cards a few days ago, but since he was making his official visit this weekend, the coaches wanted to wait until then for it to become official, and now it is.
In a triple overtime thriller over the weekend, Louisville commits Terry Rozier and Anton Gill put on a show as they combined for 79 points! Rozier had 40 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Gill had 39 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists as Hargrave beats Kiski 135-117. Check out the video!
It appears that 2012 UofL basketball commit Terry Rozier won’t make it to campus after all. At least not yet. Rozier, a 4* point guard from Shaker Heights, Ohio did not qualify academically and he will attend Hargrave Military Academy for the 2012-13 season. 2013 UofL commit Anton Gill will also be playing at Hargrave, which is located in Virginia.
CSZ’s Steve Rummage had this to say: “Rozier heading to Hargrave may be a blessing for UofL. Now if they (UofL) miss out on (Anthony) Barber and (Demetrius) Jackson, Rozier is sitting there for the 2013 class.”