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AP Poll (2/20/17) Women’s Basketball

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Here’s where the Women’s team ended up this week in the new rankings:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS PREVIOUS
1 UConn 26-0 825 33 33 1
2 Maryland 26-1 788 0 33 2
3 Mississippi State 27-1 755 0 33 3
4 Baylor 25-2 731 0 33 4
5 Notre Dame 25-3 682 0 33 7
6 Texas 21-5 608 0 33 8
7 South Carolina 22-4 602 0 33 6
8 Florida State 24-4 583 0 33 4
8 Stanford 24-4 583 0 33 10
10 Oregon State 25-3 528 0 33 11
11 Washington 25-4 494 0 33 9
12 Ohio State 23-5 469 0 33 12
13 Duke 24-4 467 0 33 13
14 Louisville 23-6 414 0 33 14
15 UCLA 20-7 350 0 33 18
16 Oklahoma 21-6 340 0 33 19
17 Miami (FL) 19-7 274 0 33 16
18 North Carolina State 20-7 232 0 30 15
19 DePaul 22-6 208 0 31 17
20 Syracuse 18-9 162 0 30 21
21 Drake 22-4 123 0 31 25
22 Kentucky 19-8 110 0 25 NR
23 Temple 21-5 99 0 26 NR
24 Missouri 19-9 62 0 16 NR
25 Michigan 21-7 53 0 14 20

Others receiving votes: Kansas State 45, Texas A&M 45, Creighton 32, South Florida 27, Tennessee 9, Belmont 7, Green Bay 4, West Virginia 4, Arizona State 3, Colorado State 2, Tulane 2, LSU 1, Marquette 1, Wright State 1.

 

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AP Top 25 (2-20-17): Men’s Basketball

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Cards move up in the latest poll:

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Gonzaga (59)
Record: 28-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,618

2
Record: 26-2
2
1,556
3
Kansas (1)
Record: 24-3
3
1,503
4
Record: 25-3
5
1,356
5
Record: 24-3
6
1,316
6
Record: 24-4
7
1,297
7
Record: 22-5
8
1,267
8
Record: 23-5
10
1,138
9
Record: 22-5
4
1,108
10
Record: 22-5
12
1,014

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Louisville Opens 2017 With Dominant Sweep

 

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Alabama State Stung By Louisville Bats

The Cardinals opened the 2017 season in style, as the Cardinals came away with a 7-0 win over Alabama State. The victory marked the Cardinals fourth straight in a season opener, and pushing Dan McDonnell’s record to 8-3 all-time in such games.

Brendan McKay had a solid 2017 debut at both the plate and the mound. McKay earned a victory with six shutout innings, and striking out nine in the process. McKay allowed the Hornets’ four hits in the game, but also went 2-of-3 at the plate with two RBI, including a home run in the fifth inning. Bryan Hoeing pitched three perfect innings in relief duty, earning the save while striking out two in the process.

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Asia Durr is Unstoppable

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Photo Credit: Adam Creech/GoCards.com

*  Story from Swish Appeal. Please visit SwishAppeal.com to see more of Paige’s work. *

Louisville, KY — In the annual Play 4 Kay game, the No. 14 Louisville Cardinals, behind the Big Three, dominated the North Carolina Tar Heels, 87-57.

The 14th ranked Louisville Cardinals honored those with Breast Cancer in the annual Play 4 Kay game. In a truly remarkable gesture during the team introductions, each Louisville starter was accompanied by either a current Breast Cancer patient, a survivor or the family member of a loved one lost. The tear-jerking moment set the tone for the Cardinals. Louisville took the floor motivated to fight hard for a win.

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UofL-Virginia Tech Postgame Pressers

Photo: Syracuse.com

Photo: Syracuse.com

No real reason for the picture, just wanted sweats a lot in the post. I thought I sweat a lot. You are the sweat king. Here are the Pressers:

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

 

Ryan McMahon

 

Louisville vs Virginia Tech: Postgame Recap

(Photo Cred: William Caudill)

(Photo Cred: William Caudill)

Today’s game didn’t go according to the script for Louisville. The Cards didn’t live up to their No. 3 national ranking and No. 1 ACC ranking for 3-point defense against the hot-shooting Hokies. But the Cards won in a shootout, of all games by a score of 94-90.

Virginia Tech shot 65% from 3-point range, scored 44 points in the 1st half (the most allowed at home since 2013), and seemed to make everything they threw at the basket; however, it wasn’t enough to beat the Cards. Louisville would extend its lead and seem like they’d run away with the game then the Hokies would answer, but VTech fell a few answers short as Louisville pulled away enough late to keep their ACC title hopes alive.

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Louisville vs Virginia Tech: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals look to keep their ACC regular season title hopes alive when the Hokies of Virginia Tech take the floor at the Yum! Center today at 1pm, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.

Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6) enter the game today with their last two wins against Virginia in 2OT and at Pittsburgh, so the Hokies are riding a hot streak. They’re led by senior forward Zach Leday at 15.2 PPG. Other than Leday, the Hokies only floored on other positional player that wasn’t a guard against Pitt, so once again, the Cards will have to stop a guard oriented team.

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Corey Ray Highlight Video

 

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Baseball season starts today, but before that, who doesn’t want to see a highlight of one of our recent stars from last year?

Jeff Nunn blessed us with a highlight video of former U of L outfielder Corey Ray, who was drafted fifth overall to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016. Ray finished his U of L career with a .318 batting average, 82 stolen bases (4th all-time in school history, and 27 home runs. Ray also added 133 RBI and 36 doubles as one of Louisville baseball’s greatest athletes of all-time.

Former Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd To Visit UofL

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According to Scout.com, former leading Tennessee Volunteers rusher Jalen Hurd will be paying a visit to the University of Louisville this weekend.

Hurd has also paid visits to Ohio State and California. He was on pace to become Tennessee’s all time leading rusher, until a falling out with his coach Butch Davis spurned his decision to transfer schools. He is also looking to switch positions at wherever school he chooses.

Throwbacks Revealed! (Video)

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Here you go, throwbacks for Syracuse game revealed:

Go Cards!

The Nest Episode 8: That’s My Q

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On this episode we break down Q’s return for the Miami game and the OT thriller against Syracuse. We preview the V-Tech game and look ahead to the showdown in Chapel Hill. Also, we discuss the craziest thing we have ever seen at a Louisville Sporting Event. All that plus some of CardNation calls in to the show.

Around the Bases: February 16, 2017

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It has begun, and it has returned! Season two of Around the Bases is back to bring back more coverage of Cardinal baseball.

Last year’s team saw multiple players go early in the MLB Draft, with six Cardinals drafted in the first four rounds. With preseason player of the year Brendan McKay returning as well as 2016 All-American Devin Hairston, the Cardinals are primed for another run at the College World Series with a deep, talented roster.

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1. Cardinals Once Again Ranked Highly

Another year, another season of lofty expectations for U of L. The Cardinals begin their 2017 season ranked as high as seventh in the Baseball America Top 25 poll. The Cardinals are also eighth in the USA Today & NCBWA poll, but 12th in the D1Baseball.com poll. Louisville is also coming off their second straight Super Regional appearance, where they lost to UC-Santa Barbara in one of the most shocking upsets in college baseball history. Though they lost seven players that were selected in the first four rounds of the MLB Draft, the Cardinals do return All-Americans Brendan McKay and Devin Hairston, along with rising players like Drew Ellis and Colby Fitch.

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Nunnsense: 5 Offensive Newcomers That Can Make An Impact In 2017

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    We all know that towards the end of last season some deficiencies were exposed. Along with addressing those deficiencies, Bobby Petrino will need to replace some key parts that graduated. I believe coach and his staff have done a great job in recruiting to those immediate needs. Couple those recruits with a few guys who red-shirted last season and you have a boat load of talent just itching to get on the field. I want to point out 5 guys that could make an immediate impact in the 2017 season. ( Not all guys on this list are “newcomers” but none have played a game as a Cardinal)

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Ky. Derby Festival Basketball Classic Roster Features All 4 Louisville Signees

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The Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic announced the 2017 roster. Among this years participants are all 4 Louisville signees, Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Jordan Nwora and Lance Thomas. The roster will also include 3 Indiana signees as well as 1 UK signee. The Classic will be held at Freedom Hall on Saturday, April 15th at 7pm. Tickets go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 17 and will cost $18 (in advance, $20 at door) for lower arena and $50 for VIP courtside seating. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the game and 2017 Pegasus Pins will allow for free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars (3-point shooting and dunk contests), which will be held on Friday, April 14, at Indiana University Southeast.

The last time 4 future Cards played in the Classic was in 2015 when Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell, Ray Spalding and Ryan McMahon played.

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7 UofL Players Receive Invites To NFL Combine

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According to the official list of 2017 NFL Combine participants, 7 Louisville players have received an invite to this year’s edition of the NFL’s predraft combine. Surprisingly, DeAngelo Brown was not one of the players invited. Those invited are listed down below:

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Celtics Unwilling To Give Up Terry Rozier

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This past weekend, the Toronto Raptors recently acquired Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic. However, Ibaka was almost traded to Boston, and the only reason he landed in Toronto was because the Celtics were unwilling to give up on second year point guard and Louisville product Terry Rozier.

Rozier is currently in year 2 of a 3 year/$5.7 million contract with a 4th year club option, and is averaging 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game with the Celtics. While Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, he is also set to become a free agent after this season, so that also played a role in him not donning the green and white. Still though, it’s nice to see the Celtics not wanting to give up Rozier so easily, and perhaps they see the potential in him further down the road.

2017 UofL Baseball Media Day Presser

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

Today was the kickoff to Baseball season as Baseball Media Day was held. The #6 Cards 2017 season starts Friday in Clearwater vs Alabama State. Here’s the presser:

 

Louisville at Syracuse: Postgame Recap

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It may have taken 5 extra minutes, but Louisville earned a big ACC road win tonight against old Big East foe, Syracuse by a score of 76-72.

The Cards battled the Orange all night after leading by double-digits in the first half, Syracuse cut the lead to 4 by halftime. The 2nd half was spent exchanging ties and leads and ultimately an unsuccessful half court heave by Quentin Snider at the buzzer pushed the game into overtime. Louisville played the entire 5-minute segment of OT without star Donovan Mitchell, who fouled out with 3:01 remaining in regulation, but a big 3 and and-1 (missed the free throw) by Ryan McMahon and some big plays and free throws by Anas Mahmoud helped the Cards outlast the Orange by a final score of 76-72.

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Cards Fall In Latest AP Top 25

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After a loss to Virginia and a win vs Miami,  the Cards drop from #4 to #8 in his weeks AP poll. Here is your top 10 for this week…img_5204img_5205

Louisville at Syracuse: Pregame Breakdown

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After avoiding what would’ve been their first set of consecutive losses this season with their comeback win over Miami, Louisville travels to the Carrier Dome to take on old Big East rival Syracuse tonight at 7pm on ESPN.

Last year, Syracuse endured a suspension for Jim Boeheim, made the tournament on the bubble, and to top it all off, went to the Final Four against all odds. Many pieces are missing from that Final Four team, so many people expected Syracuse to take a step back this year. While they did at the beginning, and they’re still not where they want to be, the Orange have wins over Florida State and Virginia and sit at 8-5 in ACC play. They aren’t world beaters or favorites for the tournament (if they make it), but the Orange certainly have statements they need to make to impress the tournament committee, a win against the top-10 Cards tonight would do just that.

Syracuse is led by senior guard Andrew White III with 17.7 PPG, sophomore forward Tyler Lydon anchors the frontcourt load with 13.3 PPG and 7.8 RPG, while senior guard John Gillion facilitates the offense with 5.3 APG (ranks 4th in the ACC). Syracuse is a solid offensive team at 76.7 PPG compared to Louisville’s 77.2 PPG. However, their defense isn’t all that great (70.0 PPGA compared to Louisville’s 62.8 PPGA). Jim Boeheim’s tenure at Syracuse has been the era of the unbeatable, long, athletic 2-3 zone, but this team isn’t as defensively efficient as past teams under Boeheim.

While this is a rivalry game and these games are more unpredictable than others, I don’t see Louisville having trouble tonight. This season, when Louisville has gone up against a team whose focus is offense, Louisville has had the upper hand. Tonight will be no different. Q will continue to settle in, Deng and Mangok will build on their comeback performances, and Donovan will continue to shine tonight.

Louisville 81-Syracuse 68.

Go Cards!