Louisville Reigns Queen Of The Bluegrass

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Louisville, KY — In the state of Kentucky, nothing is more important that college basketball.

When you think of Kentucky, horse racing and bourbon come to mind. However, for locals, there’s a tradition that runs deeper through the heart and soul of the Bluegrass: College Basketball.

The rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky is one of the most heated rivalries in the country. Maybe it’s the bourbon that flows through the blood of every Kentuckian that makes the rivalry so intense.

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Cards Bowl Game Announced

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It’s official!

Get your tickets here!

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Louisville at Grand Canyon: Postgame Recap

(Photo Cred: Charlotte Observer)

(Photo Cred: Charlotte Observer)

The atmosphere was electric, the players were hyped, and the Antelopes of Grand Canyon gave the No. 14 team all they could handle inside their home arena. Grand Canyon even had the lead at halftime by 1 point off a buzzer-beater NBA-range 3.

It wasn’t enough as the Cards eventually pulled away by the 12 minute TV Timeout and never trailed the rest of the way. Eventually the Cards would seal the deal by a score of 79-70. DeWayne Russell led the comeback attempt with 42 points, the Antelopes’ next highest scorer had 8. Deng Adel led the way for the Cards with 15 points, VJ King showcased his ability with 14 points, Ray Spalding chipping in 14, and Matz Stockman had a career-high 10 points but didn’t play in the second half.

In a game where the upset seemed not only plausible but probable for much of the game, the Cards found a way to win. Do not downplay anything about it, the crowd was nuts, their point guard was unconscious, and they played with a lot more energy in the first half than the Cards did. The important thing is, the Cards walked away with a win and improve to 7-1.

Next the Cards will be at home to take on Southern Illinois on December 7 at 7pm. I’m sure this game will serve as a wake up call that this team cannot start flat and must defend and attack for the entire 40 minutes if they’re going to achieve their potential. I’m happy with the win last night, resilience regardless of opponent in an environment like that cannot be emphasized enough.

GO CARDS!

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (12-3-16)

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Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Extraordinaire, Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed BACK Marques Maybin who took some time out of his day to drop knowledge. We talked Football Bowl match-ups, Louisville Basketball vs Grand Canyon (INSANE ENVIRONMENT) plus we asked: How many games out of a four game stretch (UVa,uk,IU,ND) would you give up to ensure a uk win? Great response from you guys on that one. We had a great time yesterday! We were #Blessed to have Brian Hall in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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Louisville @ Grand Canyon: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals travel to Phoenix Arizona to take on the upset-minded Grand Canyon University Antelopes at 9pm on ESPN3 and WAVE-3 for the Louisville viewing area.

Grand Canyon enters the game with a 3-3 record with losses to Duke, Penn State and SIU Edwardsville. The Antelopes are currently sitting on a 1-game losing streak after their loss to SIU Edwardsville but they’re eager to bounce back with a top-15 opponent in the Louisville Cardinals.

The teams average similar PPG (points per game) totals, Louisville with 74.4 and Grand Canyon with 72.8. The difference in points allowed is much more glaring, Louisville has allowed an impressively low 57.9 while the Antelopes have been outscored by a full point on average thus far by allowing 73.8.

Rick Pitino may consider this a “trap game” but in all seriousness the Cardinals shouldn’t have much trouble tonight. After the win against Purdue on Wednesday night, the Cards should be carrying some confidence into Phoenix tonight.

The next few games should act as mere practice games for Louisville. After tonight they host Southern Illinois, Texas Southern, and Eastern Kentucky before the game against now top-ranked Kentucky (who suffered their first loss today to a very talented UCLA squad). Nonetheless, the Cards MUST take care of business and focus on the opponent in front of them and not the opponent down the road. That won’t be an issue tonight and the Cards will roll by a score of 88-57. December is here, basketball season is now entering full swing, should be a fun ride.

Go Cards!

Jaire Alexander & Cole Hikutini Highlight Videos

 

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Jaire Alexander just finished his sophomore season and is already a shut down corner. He was graded as PFF’s best corner in college football for the 2016 season and is my favorite player on the team. His interception vs. Clemson in the endzone and against Virginia are two of the best I have ever seen. Enjoy this highlight video from @TTTWILL Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Vs Purdue: Postgame Recap

Photo Credit to rantsports.com

Photo Credit to rantsports.com

The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 71-64 last night and helped the ACC win the ACC/Big 10 challenge outright for the first time since 2008. Purdue’s only lead of the game was by the score of 4-3, after that the Cardinals took control and aside from a late run (helped by some very suspect officiating), never looked back.

It was a very balanced effort offensively for Louisville, Mangok Mathiang and Ray Spalding led the way with 11 points (yes, you read that correctly). Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel and Quentin Snider each had 9 points; while Donovan Mitchell added 8. Ryan McMahon added an excellent and very appropriately timed 6 points on 2 designed inbounds plays (still shocked Purdue didn’t see the second one coming) on which he knocked down 2 big 3 pointers when the offense was in a rut.

A much-needed, and overall impressive bounce back performance after the debacle of a second half against Baylor. There are still many things to work on, but the Cards notched a top-15 win against a quality opponent which will surely help come March. Now it’s December and we all know things are going to heat up while the temperatures cool down, the win last night was exactly the confidence boost this team needed. This season is going to be fun.

Go Cards!

BucketHatology: Purdue

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The BHK has decided to help fund his wedding by teaching classes at an unnamed and un-accredited University here in Louisville.  I would tell you the University and location but I am no snitch, unlike graduates from IU.  So after some of the basketball games I will be providing lecture notes and taking shots at Tom Crean because I can and he is too busy smooching his son to read this anyway.

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Nunnsense: UK Loss A Result Of Coaching Or Culture?

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Photo: Bleacher Report

I am one of the most positive people you will ever meet. I also call it like I see it. I try not to be a homer but sometimes my heart overtakes my head. Coming into the UK game I didn’t really think there was a chance Louisville could lose. Then I listened to the talk shows, read the tweets and listened to everyone’s over exuberant confident proclamations about the outcome of the game. I kept hearing “we are going to make it six in a row” and thinking how hard it is to do that and how UK was due to win one. I quickly brushed that thought out of my head and carried on with my own confidence. I figured there is no way we lose at home with the Heisman favorite. There is no way we come out uninspired or flat after the beat-down from Houston and Bobby doesn’t lose to Kentucky. Right? Read the rest of this entry

Louisville vs Purdue: Pregame Breakdown

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals host the No. 15 Purdue Boilermakers tonight at 7pm in the Big 10/ACC challenge. The Cards are 6 point favorites as if now and the game can be seen on ESPN.

Purdue enters the game with a tall lineup. Caleb Swanigan is the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 18 ppg and leading rebounder at 12 rpg. The Cardinals are going to have to shake off the awful 2nd half from the Battle for Atlantis Championship against Baylor and look for easy shots to boost their confidence.

Purdue is a very scary matchup and will likely give Louisville all it can handle for the majority of the game. I see the Cards pulling away with a late run and free throws to extend the lead to a final score of 76-64.

GO CARDS!

Lamar Jackson: ACC Player Of The Year Awards

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Today Lamar Jackson was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year AND Overall Player of the Year. Hopefully a sign of things to come around Heisman time!

2016 All ACC Teams Announced

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The 2016 All ACC football teams were announced today. The teams were voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Louisville had one player voted to the first team offense ans one to the first team defense. “ Florida State junior Dalvin Cook, the ACC’s rushing leader with 1,620 yards, leads the overall voting with 139 points. He is joined on the first team by Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson, who leads the conference in total offense with 410.7 yards per game and set a conference record for touchdown responsibility with 51 (30 passing, 21 rushing).” Check out the lists and see how much you agree or disagree with their selections.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR, Mike Williams, R-Jr., Clemson, 131 pts
WR, Amba Etta-Tawo, R-Sr., Syracuse, 125
WR, Ryan Switzer, Sr., North Carolina, 107
TE, Jordan Leggett, Sr., Clemson, 95
T, Roderick Johnson, Jr., Florida State, 118
T, Mitch Hyatt, So., Clemson, 104
G, Tyrone Crowder, R-Jr., Clemson, 104
G, Dorian Johnson, Sr., Pittsburgh, 88
C, Jay Guillermo, R-Sr., Clemson, 86
QB, Lamar Jackson, So., Louisville, 125
RB, Dalvin Cook, Jr., Florida State, 139
RB, James Conner, R-Jr., Pittsburgh, 119
PK, Mike Weaver, R-Jr., Wake Forest, 47
Sp., Quadree Henderson, So., Pittsburgh, 103
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE, DeMarcus Walker, Sr., Florida State, 125
DE, Ejuan Price, R-Sr., Pittsburgh, 107
DT, Carlos Watkins, R-Sr., Clemson, 113
DT, Woody Baron, Sr., Virginia Tech, 79
LB, Ben Boulware, Sr., Clemson, 131
LB, Micah Kiser, Jr., Virginia, 99
LB, Devonte Fields, Sr., Louisville, 70
CB, Tarvarus McFadden, So., Florida State, 113
CB, Cordrea Tankersley, Sr., Clemson, 97
S, Quin Blanding, Jr., Virginia, 100
S, Jadar Johnson, Sr., Clemson, 94
P, Nicholas Conte, Sr., Virginia, 118

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Senior Bowl Participants

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Rocco Gasparro
Louisville Football SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Finishing the 2016 regular season with a 9-3 mark, three members of the University of Louisville football team have accepted invitations to 68th Annual Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan 28, 2017.

Wide receiver Jamari Staples, tight end Cole Hikutini safety Josh Harvey-Clemson will represent the Cardinals, which is the most in school history and the fourth-straight year the Cardinals have been represented in the prestigious all-star game.

A transfer from UAB, Staples was third on the team with 35 receptions for 593 yards and a pair of scores on the nation’s top scoring offenses. A Lineville, Ala., native posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games, catching five passes for 136 yards versus Syracuse and had a season-best seven receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown against Virginia.

Hikutini, who was a second-team all-ACC selection, finished the regular season with 49 receptions for 656 yards from his tight end spot, with a team-best eight touchdowns. The Sacramento, Calif., native recorded two 100-yard receiving games, including a career-best 118 yards versus NC State on Oct. 22.

Despite missing two games with an injury, Harvey-Clemons tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 61 and added a pair of sacks. He posted a season-high 11 tackles in consecutive games versus Marshall and Clemson.

Bowl Projections: 11/28/16

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Here are the Bowl projections after Saturdays embarassment vs uk. Not as bad as it could have been. Having the Heisman trophy favorite may be the reason why we are still in contention for a NY6 bowl. If we do not get this bowl, my guess would be that we end up in the Citrus Bowl.

Lamar Still Heisman Favorite

(Photo Cred: ESPN)

(Photo Cred: ESPN)

We all know the results were disastrous Sunday after Louisville’s loss to the team down the road. We all thought well there goes the Orange Bowl! (I thought so) Maybe Not. There goes Lamar’s Heisman! (I did not think so myself) That also does not seem to be a foregone conclusion either. Multiple talking heads have stated he still has a firm grip on it as well. Then we got this from our guy Jeff Greer:

So there you go. The only certainty after Sunday is that we were embarrassed about the team we lost to.

BucketHatism: Slapd*cks (Or Kentucky)

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Good morning. The BHK would ask that the court ignores the fact he showed up today wearing a wife beater, some gym shorts, and reeking of alcohol.  I think I owe it to myself, matter of fact we all do after the worst weekend in Cardinal history and it was not even close.  It like all the games we had some bad juju in but still managed to win all got together and decided to nut-punch us when it mattered.  Seriously, and this may be the hangover talking, it appears that the juju from Duke, Virginia, and the Wake Forest game all got together and said “hey let Louisville feel great now and over the last 2 weeks of the season lets completely f*** them up. And while we’re at it, lets dropkick their men’s and women’s basketball teams just for good measure because if we are gonna go full-juju we are gonna do it right”.

So sorry if I am a bit bitter this glorious Monday morning but it has been a long 72 hours and I just want to get some sleep.  As always I took notes down while I was sober and I am going to read them to the court.

Anybody moves, anybody says anything, you will be removed from the court by @beerwencha2.  Don’t let the glass of wine she is holding fool you, she does yoga and has 30 books under her belt.  It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

  • Look, I have told you all the signs of bad juju earlier this season and I am not about to go back and rehash the same conversation. But as a Louisville fan, you just know when something is off. Upon waking up on Saturday morning I just knew we would play like sh*t.  I guess it is my sixth sense. Cold, dreary day.  Not a lot of excitement heading into the stadium. Appeared everyone was hungover from turkey day and Friday leftovers.  Plus the noon kickoff never helps.

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Cards Name New Head Volleyball Coach

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You knew when Tom Jurich was ready to name a successor to Anne Kordes’ throne that it would be a Home Run. Dani Busboom Kelly returns to the Cards after 5 seasons as an assistant coach at perennial powerhouse Nebraska. We are very lucky to have her. Here are some tweets chronicling her very busy day. Follow her on Twitter: @danib18

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Soccer Team Beats Notre Dame To Advance To The Elite Eight

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The University of Louisville men’s soccer team defeated Notre Dame for the second time this season but this time it was in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA soccer tournament. Tate Schmitt scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute. Louisville (14-5-2) advance to host Stanford-Virginia winner in a quarterfinal match at Lynn Stadium on Saturday at 7pm. Congrats and good luck to the soccer Cards!

Louisville vs Kentucky: Postgame Recap

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

In the shock of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats came into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium a 26.5 point underdog, but left victors of the Battle for Governor’s Cup by a final score of 41-38. With barely over a minute to go, the Cardinal offense had the ball at the UK 9-yard line and it appeared as though the Cards would escape with a narrow victory. A Lamar Jackson fumble, followed by a 47-yard field goal from Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis with 12 seconds left sealed the fate of the home team.

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Louisville v. Kentucky Preview

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Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Last Time: Down 21-0, Bobby Petrino replaced Kyle Bolin with Lamar Jackson, and the Cardinals completed the largest comeback victory in the rivalry’s history. Louisville scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, en route to a 38-24 win in Lexington. Jackson ran for a then-school record 186 yards as a quarterback with two rushing touchdowns, and added a passing touchdown to James Quick. Louisville held Kentucky’s passing game down, keeping starting quarterback Drew Barker at 6-for-22 for 128 yards.

The Cards and the Cats are currently tied 14-14 all-time, but Louisville has won the last five games.

About the Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats enter this week’s game at 6-5, finally bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. It was noted that the last two seasons, Louisville ended Kentucky’s bowl aspirations each time, but now it will be interesting to see where Stoops’ team will be mentally, after achieving bowl eligibility against Austin Peay last week.

It didn’t start out that way, though. After two crushing losses to Southern Miss and Florida, Stoops turned to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson as the new quarterback, who has since given the Kentucky offense a new wrinkle that has kept them alive. The offense doesn’t go into a pass-first mode anymore; they now run the ball with an impressive stable of running backs, and then parlay that into deep shots down the field with guys like Jeff Badet. It’s a simple formula, but it’s given Kentucky its best offense in the Stoops era and why they’re bowl eligible.

On defense, Mark Stoops was known as a great mind at Florida State, but Kentucky’s has not been as impressive in 2016. They have a solid linebacker group and a decent duo at cornerback, but the rest leave a lot to be desired going against better, faster athletes in space. But a good running game will grind the clock and keeps opposing offenses – and respectively, Kentucky’s maligned defense – off the field; it’s why the Dallas Cowboys have been so successful in the NFL, and why Kentucky can realistically compete against Louisville tomorrow.

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