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Louisville Mens Basketball Red/White Games Announced. (Dates & Time)

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UofL SID Kenny Klein announced today via twitter that the Louisville Mens Basketball team  has set the dates and times for their annual Red/White Scrimmages.

The Cards are loaded again and this should be the start of what looks to be another special season.

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Louisville Basketball Updated Roster

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With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on GoCards.com has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.

# NAME HT WT POS CL HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)
0 Terry Rozier 6-1 185 G SO Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)
1 Anton Gill 6-3 185 G SO Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)
2 Quentin Snider 6-1 170 G FR Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
3 Chris Jones 5-10 175 G SR Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)
4 Dillon Avare 6-0 150 G RS FR Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)
5 Matz Stockman 7-2 240 F/C FR Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)
10 Jaylen Johnson 6-9 215 F FR Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)
12 Mangok Mathiang 6-10 210 F/C RS SO Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))
14 Anas Mahmoud 7-1 205 F FR Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)
15 Trent Gilbert 6-0 180 G FR Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)
21 Shaqquan Aaron 6-7 175 G FR Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)
22 Akoy Agau 6-8 230 F SO Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)
23 David Levitch 6-3 180 G SO Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)
24 Montrezl Harrell 6-8 240 F JR Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)
25 Wayne Blackshear 6-5 230 G/F SR Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
32 Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 230 F/C FR Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)
Coaches
Rick Pitino – Head Coach
Kenny Johnson – Assistant Coach
Wyking Jones – Assistant Coach
Mike Balado – Assistant Coach
Doug Davenport – Director of Video Operations
David Padgett – Director of Basketball Operations
Michael Bowden – Asst. Video Coordinator
Stephanie Diebold-Davis – Basketball Receptionist
Ray Ganong – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fred Hina – Head Men’s Basketball Trainer
Jordan Sucher – Executive Assistant to Rick Pitino
Vincent Tatum – Equipment Manager
Wayne Turner – Program Assistant
Anthony Wright – Director of Academic Services

Rick Pitino gives a summer update on the team

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from CourierJournal.com. Below, I will give you the key notes from it…

The new Pelican…

-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.

-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.

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More footage from the Louisville Basketball teams RV Push

I’m not going to say Anas Osama is my favorite Louisville Cardinal……but then again I’m not saying he isn’t either.

Louisville Basketball featured in ESPN.com’s Position Battles (SF)

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Our Louisville Cardinals were one of the featured teams this week on ESPN.com’s “Position Battles”. This weeks battle was at the Small Forward position and looked at Sr. Wayne Blackshear and Frosh. Shaqquan Aaron:

Louisville: Wayne Blackshear vs. Shaqquan Aaron 
“In late March, coach Rick Pitino gave reporters this postseason assessment of Wayne Blackshear: “The only player I’ve had in the past four years that hasn’t had substantial improvement is Wayne Blackshear.” That’s not good, but it’s true. Blackshear was a McDonald’s All-American in high school, but the Chicago product suffered a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing in that game, which was held in his hometown after the 2010-11 season. He has never reached that pre-injury promise. So Aaron, a four-star forward from Seattle who is ranked 33rd in the 2014 class by RecruitingNation, could grab minutes from Blackshear if he continues to underwhelm. Louisville has the pieces to compete for the ACC crown in its first year in the league, and Pitino won’t let Blackshear ruin that potential, especially with all of that young talent on his bench.” 

I still remain optimistic that Wayne will turn it around this year but Rick made it very clear he will not be afraid to play Shaq. The Red White games may just be highlighted by this match up come October.

 

Cardinal Week In Review 4-14

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This is the Cardinal week in review 4/14/14:

First off, this is the first week without 55 in several months but we had a ton of news. We did see our first edition of 4YourInfo by Daryl though. From TrezL to the road sweep of then #7 Houston, here is the week in review.

 

Men’s Basketball:

MontrezL HarreLL has decided to come back for his Junior year. That makes us happy. Wayne Blackshear wiLL NOT leave and both wiLL be captains for next season. I beLieve once Chris announces his intentions that he wiLL aLso be named captain. Here’s every dunk from trezL this year…P.S. I know aLL the L’s don’t need to be capitaLized but who’s gonna stop meL?

#HeNOtGone

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Women’s Basketball

Tonight at 8pm on ESPN2, then from 9-10:30 on ESPNU the 2014 WNBA Draft will be held. Shoni Schimmel was one of only 12 people to be invited to the draft meaning she should be a first rounder. All Seniors from this class are eligible for the draft.

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Wayne Blackshear Named Captain for 2014-15 Season

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Press release from UofL:

April 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear has been named team captain for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball team.

“We have great confidence in Wayne moving toward his senior year,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “I’m sure he will continue the outstanding leadership we have witnessed the last four years.”

A Capital One Academic All-District 2 selection, Blackshear averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range (45-of-114) for the Cardinals (31-6). He had 14 double-digit scoring efforts last season, including a career-high 23 against Houston, as UofL shared the American Athletic Conference title, won the league postseason tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Blackshear ranked sixth in the AAC in three-point percentage (.395) and buried a three-pointer in 21 of his 36 games this season. During the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Championship season, he was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at NCAA Championships.

55 (Episode 21)

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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.

2)

SHONI!!

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

5)

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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

7)

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8) As @Slaughter_4 said……You mad?

9) #SheMad

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.

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Championships, Drugs, and Transfers: Louisville’s 2011 Recruiting Class

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Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

It has been a rough couple of days for former Louisville basketball players. Early Wednesday morning, Chane Behanan was cited for possession of marijuana. Then early Thursday morning, Zach Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault. This got me thinking about the 2011 recruiting class as a whole for the Louisville Cardinals. Also, I must give credit to my friends Chris Tingley and Hassan Mahdavi for bringing this idea to me so I could then expand on it.

Take a look at who is in that 2011 class. You have Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware, Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price, and Angel Nunez. One of those players is still on the team. Three of them have dealt with off the court issues. We haven’t heard anything coming from Spokane, Washington that gives any indication that Angel Nunez has been a problem.

The 2011 class was ranked 7th in the country by Rivals. com. For what it’s worth, the 2010 class with Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng, and Elisha Justice was not ranked in the Top 25 on Rivals. Keep that in mind the next time you pay attention to recruiting rankings. The title of this post pretty much sums it up. This class won conference titles and the National Championship, have had off the court issues, and most have left the program.

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Rick Pitino wraps up 2013-14 season and previews 2014-15

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Photo: wlky.com

Coach Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for about 30 minutes to have his final press conference of the season. He wrapped up the season and also talked about next season a little bit.

He talks about Montrezl Harrell and the decision he has to make. He pretty much called out Wayne Blackshear by saying that he is the only player that he has had in the last four years that hasn’t made substantial improvement.

Mike Rutherford (Card Chronicle) did a great job of highlighting the main things that Pitino said. The video of the full press conference is below.

Early look at 2014-15 Louisville Cardinals

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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.)

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My Prediction for Louisville vs Kentucky

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I have been up since early this morning and in the grand scheme of things, I haven’t gotten one thing done today. I have only listened to local sports talk radio and been on social media keeping up with everything UofL-UK for tonight. But isn’t that what I am supposed to be doing today? I suppose it’s finally time to come up with my prediction post, so here we go…

First of all, the December 28th game at Rupp means nothing to me. For one, it was at Rupp. Russ Smith and Luke Hancock shot a combined 10-31 that game. Speaking of Luke, he wasn’t even starting at the time, Wayne Blackshear was. Mangok Mathiang started and played 22 minutes. Chane Behanan played 20 minutes and played that game knowing he was about to be kicked off of the team. Does any of that sound like the Louisville Cardinals that you have seen recently? We are a completely different team, and yes UK is a little different as well, so that is why the last game doesn’t mean much to me. Actually if I do take anything away from it, I am glad that UK doesn’t have a revenge factor for this game. So they can have that game at Rupp, I’ll take this one tonight.

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Big Game Wayne? Not So Much…

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

When this season started, some people said that Wayne Blackshear would be the x-factor or the key for the Cards to make a big run. After 2 seasons of injuries and basically being a role player, people were ready for the Wayne Blackshear that was so hyped up when he got to Louisville. He was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and was named the Player of the Year in Chicago over Anthony Davis. He averaged 32.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.7 steals per game as senior. Fans have been patiently waiting for “Superstar Wayne” to show up.

Now I am not one to hate on our own players. In fact, I called many people out who had negative things to say about Chris Jones after the last Memphis game. I always cheer for our guys no matter what. But these stats are just too much to ignore, so I am just putting facts out there. I certainly hope this trend can break soon.

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Wayne Blackshear has concussion; won’t play Wednesday

Wayne Blackshear

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Rick Pitino said today that junior Wayne Blackshear suffered a concussion in practice on Monday and will not travel with the team to their game at Houston on Wednesday. He suffered the concussion when he was elbowed in the head by Akoy Agau.

Blackshear started last game against UCF and played the power forward spot, giving the Cards a smaller lineup, but one that seemed to work. We will see how this changes things in the lineup on Wednesday, but Pitino did say that he needs a big game from “Big Hustle.”

“We need a big game from Stephan Van Treese,” Pitino said. “It’s his time to evolve. We need some monster games from him where he grabs 12 or 13 rebounds. It’s time for him to step up now. He’s a veteran basketball player who needs to step up, and he’s capable of doing that.”

The Cards face Houston on Wednesday night at 9:00 pm ET and it can be seen on ESPNU.

55 (Episode 11)

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This week…..on 55…..

We talk about a variety of things. Radio shows, Top 5 Pitino era guys and even the Royal Rumble. I have also decided that this will be Shawn’s last regular appearance in 55. I appreciate him being a good sport. In the end I just felt like this was his time. Good riddance. 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) Clint Hurtt was the last Charlie Strong staff member to leave Louisville. He will be taking an NFL job with the Chicago Bears. We appreciate all you did big fella. Much love and good luck B.I.G. click here to see his message to UofL fans

2) BIG

3) #Respect

4) Led by Shoni Schimmel’s nine 3 point baskets, the Louisville women’s basketball team beat Memphis on Sunday 88-61. Shoni had eight 3 pointers in the first half and scored 29 points overall.

5) She bad

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Quick reaction: Cards defeat Huskies 76-64

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Without watching the game for a second time, I will just give my quick analysis and reaction to the Louisville-UConn game. It seems like it is always a close one when we play at UConn and this one was no different. When it looked like the Cards had pulled away, UConn made a late run, but luckily it was not enough. Louisville held on to win 76-64.

Montrezl Harrell certainly came to play. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He controlled the game in the paint for the Cards. He also had the 15-17 foot jump shot going, which adds a whole new element to his game. If he is hitting that consistently, watch out.

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Game Notes: Louisville @ UConn

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18/14 Louisville Cardinals (15-3, 4-1) @ UConn Huskies (14-3, 2-2)

Game Info

Date: Saturday January 18, 2014

Time: 9:05 p.m. ET

Site: Gampbel Pavilion (Storrs, Conn)

TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Shannon Spake)

Radio: WHAS 840 AM (Paul Rogers and Doug Ormay)

Series History: Louisville leads 8-6

Last Meeting: Louisville won 73-58 (Jan. 14, 2013 in Hartford, Conn)

Officials: Tom O’Neill, Ted Valentine, Mike Stuart

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Game Notes: Louisville vs Houston

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18/14 Louisville Cardinals (14-3, 3-1) vs Houston Cougars (10-6, 2-1)

Game Info

Date: Thursday January 16, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Site: KFC Yum! Center

TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Pete Gillen, Evan Washburn)

Radio: WHAS 840 AM (Paul Rogers and Bob Valvano)

Series Record: UofL leads 13-5

Last Meeting: Houston won 70-67 (Jan. 5, 2005 in Houston)

Officials: Karl Hess, Bryan Kersey, Michael Stephens

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UofL vs UK position battles: Small Fowards

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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.

Point Guard Position Battle

Shooting Guard Position Battle

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Louisville vs Kentucky by by Tim Girton

Wayne Blackshear

Season Avg:

Points: 10.3

Assists: 0.6

Rebounds: 3.0

Steals: 1.4

Turnovers: 0.4

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55 (Episode 2)

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This week…..on 55…..

Ok so it’s not an actual show, yet a place to state facts and shoot down gripes. I don’t get angry, I express. Once again I shall share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. Hope you enjoy. Or not…it’s cool.

1) Me and Raashaan do NOT have sunshine shooting out of our rear ends. Nothing shoots out of there. Kinda wish money would. Nevertheless just because I don’t complain 24/7 doesn’t mean I’m too positive.

2) The Football team moved up one spot in the BCS to 20 this week…great progress for a season of dropping every week when we win.

3) The Men’s Basketball team lost a game……the world is over.

4) or not

5) The Women’s Basketball team showed once again that they are the BOOM girls by withstanding a 19-4 start to come back and defeat FSU. Hats off ladies.

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6) Men’s Soccer lost in the NCAA tournament. This signifies that Cardinal Park is now finished. Twas a great venue for soccer, we bid you adieu.

7) Matz rhymes with dots.

8) Turtle almost paid for not coming over last night by watching his Patriots sweat out a victory…..he deserved it.

9) I want pizza.

10) It was real cold outside Saturday but we finally got to see Charlie win a Senior day game.

11) It was not a great turnout.

12) He noticed.

13) Stay until the clock hits 0:00.

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14) BeastMode screamed and booed the fans that left early….I swear.

15) We allowed a ton of run outs yesterday vs UNC.

16) Fouls are only called one way all of the time, sometimes.

16) We are getting better at free throws.

18) Yeah I know I put 16 twice, just being a little negative to the number 17.

19) Told you it’s not all sunshine.

20) People will make fun of your dead relatives just to deflect negative vibes from their team.

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