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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Grand Canyon

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The Cards came into their game on Saturday afternoon looking for an early Christmas present. Their wish was granted when they ran away with a 74-56 victory over Grand Canyon. The Cards fought through poor shooting all night long. They ended up shooting only 4-19 (21%) from 3 and 44% overall. However, the Cards greatly improved their rebounding compared to the previous game. Grand Canyon was out rebounded 41-35 and the Cards only gave up 12 offensive rebounds for 7 second chance points. That is still more offensive rebounds than Coach Padgett would like to surrender, but it is moving in the right direction.

Ray Spalding was the stand out performer on Saturday afternoon. Ray finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Deng Adel had 14 points, while Quentin Snider had 12 points and 5 assists. Coach Padgett said after the game that his team has not even started preparing for the game against Kentucky, because thy were worried about Grand Canyon. The team will take a few days off and players will go home for the holidays. They will be back to practice before the rivalry game on Friday.

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Louisville at Notre Dame: Cards Win In South Bend

It took 2 overtimes, the game was ugly and some classic Notre Dame magic occurred, but Louisville earned their first win in South Bend since 1994. Louisville outlasted the Irish through a full 50 minutes of play to win with a final score of 82-78.

Louisville was led tonight by Ray Spalding’s double-double consisting of 23 points (career high) and 12 rebounds. Quentin Snider had an impressive game and showed up when it mattered most. The senior finished with 22 points and 7 assists. Deng Adel also had a quiet but important 14 points.

This game was huge for Louisville to win. Not only was it a tough road contest, but the fact the Cards continually got hit in the mouth and responded every time speaks volumes to how far this team has come. A few weeks ago very few people believed in this team and now they’ve done something UofL hasn’t been able to do since 1994.

4-1 in the ACC feels great. The way this team has responded since the UK game has been nothing short of incredible. Hopefully those with tickets will actually start going because this team has more than earned total fan support (as if they had to), so start going to the games.

Up next: Louisville hosts Boston College on Sunday at noon.

Go Cards!

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Jeff Walz Picks Up A Commitment From Highly Touted CA Forward

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UofL Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Walz picked up a huge commitment yesterday from 2019 prospect Ramani Parker.

Parker is a 6’4 F/C from Central High School in Fresno, CA. She is ranked the 11th best F in the nation and is ranked 58th overall prospect in ESPN/HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings. She had offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, and Duke, among others.

CSZ Recruiting Contributor/Evaluator Sam Basden had this to say about Parker after watching her highlights:

She is a great shot blocker, really nice anticipation. (She) Can make the outlet passes to start breaks.

She can definitely be used as a stretch big, good lateral quickness for her size.

She’s also a quick second leaper.

(Parker) Does a great job of keeping the ball high so shorter defenders can’t get to it.

I watched some of her highlights as well and I’ll add a couple of things to Sam’s observations:

Parker seems to be a really good shooter with a pure stroke, a tough rebounder, and good finisher down low. She also has pretty good ball handling skills. Parker reminds me a lot of current Card Myisha Hines-Allen.

All in all, Walz found another gem and continues to recruit at insane levels.

Check out some of Parker’s highlights below from Hudl.

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More Jackson Autograph Signings Announced

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Planet Fitness has announced that Lamar Jackson will be back for three more autograph signings this weekend. Saturday (1/20) Jackson will be at the Valley Station location from 10-noon. That same day, he will be at the Elizabethtown location from 5-7 pm. On Sunday, (1/21), he will be at the Hurstbourne pkwy location from 1-3 pm.

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Asia Durr Named USBWA Player Of The Week

Asia Durr keeps racking up the honors.

Just one day after being named ACC Player of the Week and espnW Player of the Week, Durr has now been named the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week.

The junior guard is pacing the Cardinals with 21.1 points per game. In her last outing, Durr racked up 36-points against then No. 2 Notre Dame.

Womens’ Lacrosse Adds 4 Transfers

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Yesterday, Louisville Women Lacrosse, and first year head coach Scott Teeter, added four new players. Courtney Deena comes from Maryland as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility. Jen Schaaf comes from Howard Community College and she will still have four years of eligibility. Tessa Chad and Brenna Shanahan came to play for Scott Teeter who was their former coach at Canisius. These four will be huge additions to this years team. They open the season February 9th with a home opener on February 11th.

Click The Link if you want to read more about these young ladies and more about Women’s Lacrosse.

http://gocards.com/news/2018/1/14/womens-lacrosse-adds-four-transfers-for-2018-season.aspx

 

 

Softball Spotlights The Freshmen

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Softball Season is right around the corner. Coach Pearsall has the team ready to compete for an ACC Title. Here are some of the freshmen that make up this years team. The Cards open the season on February 9th in Orlando against UCF.

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Traveon Samuel Transfers to Troy

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As you already know, Louisville wide receiver Traveon Samuel announced that he will be transferring to play his final year elsewhere. We now know that elsewhere will be Troy University. Traveon already graduated so he will be eligible to play this season. We wish him well and I’m sure a lot of Cardnation will keep one eye on Troy just to see how Traveon is doing.

Asia Durr Earns Multiple Player Of The Week Honors

Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, is having a fantastic season.

For the second time this season, Durr is the espnW Player of the Week. She also earned the honors of ACC Player of the Week.

Durr is leading the Cardinals with 21.8 points per game. She’s also scored more than 30-points in four of Louisville’s matches this season.

She’s not just having 30+ point games against subpar competition. No, she is dropping 36+ on teams that were ranked in the top five at the time Louisville played them.

In her latest performance, Durr connected on eight three-pointers, collecting 36-points.

UofL Football Has Big Names Returning

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While Lamar Jackson will not be wearing a UofL jersey in the fall, that does not mean all hope is lost. UofL football still has some key players returning for the 2018-2019 season, and Bobby Petrino is really excited about how the team is already shaping up.

Myisha Hines-Allen Named College Sports Madness Player Of The Week

After dropping 31-points and pulling down 12 rebounds against Notre Dame, Louisville senior forward, Myisha Hines-Allen has been named College Sports Madness Player of the Week.

Hines-Allen is averaging 14.3 points per game and leads the ACC in rebounding with 9.8 per game.

Louisville Acheives Highest Ranking In School History

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It’s no shock, but after routing Notre Dame 100 – 67 on Thursday, the Louisville Cardinals are now ranked # 2. Louisville is 19-0 with wins against five AP Top 25 teams.

AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 11

1 UConn 15-0 800 32 32 1
2 Louisville 19-0 766 0 32 3
3 Mississippi State 19-0 729 0 32 4
4 Baylor 15-1 698 0 32 5
5 Notre Dame 16-2 665 0 32 2
6 Tennessee 16-1 630 0 32 6
7 Oregon 17-2 615 0 32 8
8 Ohio State 16-2 563 0 32 10
9 Texas 14-2 540 0 32 7
10 South Carolina 14-3 510 0 32 9
11 Missouri 15-2 478 0 32 12
12 Florida State 16-2 445 0 32 13
13 UCLA 13-4 419 0 32 14
14 Maryland 15-3 381 0 32 11
15 Duke 14-4 326 0 31 16
16 Texas A&M 14-5 272 0 31 17
17 West Virginia 15-3 256 0 29 15
18 Oregon State 13-4 236 0 30 22
19 Michigan 15-4 183 0 28 23
20 Iowa 15-3 148 0 26 18
21 California 13-4 123 0 25 24
22 Arizona State 13-5 108 0 23 18
23 Green Bay 14-2 99 0 25 25
24 Oklahoma State 12-4 96 0 20 20
25 Rutgers 17-3 90 0 21 21

Check out where the voters put each team: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 11

Louisville Names Ryan Beard As Safeties Coach

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino on Saturday announced the hiring of Ryan Beard as the safeties coach.

An up-and-coming defensive mind, Beard spent three seasons as a defensive quality control coach at Louisville, specifically assisting in the secondary. He worked with the Cardinals during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, coaching a pair of NFL Draft selections and All-Americans, and again in 2017.

Beard tutored all-ACC honorable mention selections Jaire Alexander and Trumaine Washington, who led the team in 2017 with four interceptions. Collectively, Louisville placed in the top-45 nationally in interceptions last year.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Beard to our coaching staff,” Petrino said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work very closely with him over the last four years, and I’m very impressed with his overall football knowledge and his ability to teach. As an all-conference player, Ryan understands what is required to be a successful defensive back on and off the field, and he will be a great mentor for our safeties this season.”

During the 2014 campaign, Beard assisted in the secondary when the Cardinals tied for the national lead in interceptions with 26. He had the opportunity to help tutor safety Gerod Holliman, who led the country with a school-record 14 interceptions that season. Holliman, a seventh-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the top defensive back in the country and a consensus All-American.

Before joining the UofL staff, Beard worked as the secondary coach at his alma mater Western Kentucky in 2016, helping guide the Hilltoppers to an 11-3 mark, a Conference USA title, and a win over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.

One of his pupils, Brandon Leston, was named a first team Special Teams All-American and first team all-Conference USA performer. He finished the season second on the team with 96 tackles and nine pass breakups.

Beard served two seasons at Northern Michigan, coaching the cornerbacks during the 2015 campaign and the secondary in 2016. He began his coaching career at WKU as a defensive graduate assistant in 2012-13.

Named to the all-Sun Belt Conference Freshman Team in 2008, Beard played safety for the Hilltoppers from 2007-11. A two-time all-Sun Belt Conference selection, Beard notched a career-best 71 tackles during his junior campaign and added 51 stops during his final season — guiding the ‘Toppers to a 7-5 record.

Beard earned a bachelor’s degree from WKU in business management in 2012 and received his master’s in recreation and sport administration the following year.

Prior to college, Beard lettered four years for Kevin Wallace at Bowling Green High, helping the Purples to Class 3A state title game appearances in both 2005-06.

Peyton Siva Named All-Star MVP

Peyton Siva

Cardinal forever, Peyton Siva, was named the MVP of the German league All-Star game! Congratulations to Siva, he continues to be a bright star for UofL fans.

Louisville vs Virginia Tech: Pregame Breakdown

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Coming off their first marquee victory at FSU, Louisville will look to add another one to the win column today against Virginia Tech at 4pm at the Yum! Center on ESPN2. Read the rest of this entry

Is This Jaylen Smith’s Catch Of The Year?

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Ever since Jaylen Smith set foot on a football field in a UofL uniform, he’s been a big play receiver.

He’s the guy that stretches defenses, goes long, and catches deep balls. He’s also known to have a few spectacular catches.

One of those catches happened against Virginia this past year when he caught a beautiful Lamar Jackson TD pass with just one hand. It really was something to behold.

In honor of Jaylen announcing that he will return for his senior season at UofL, the ACC Digital Network released a video clip of that specific catch. It’s even more beautiful the second and third time around.  You can check out the clip below.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone agree with our brethren at the ACC Digital Network; we too hope to see more beautiful catches from Jaylen in his senior campaign.

Siva And Lewis Playing In German All-Star Game

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Two Cardinal greats will be representing their teams in the German All-Star game today! Peyton Siva and Trey Lewis will both be starters in the game and you can catch it at 2 pm EST on the link provided below! Congratulations to both players, they deserve all the success in the world!

It is still yet to be determined who will be wearing the number 3 😉

The Barbour Shop: Time To Recognize The Best Team On Campus Right Now-UofL Women’s Basketball

After a holiday slumber, the Barbour Shop is back open. The hot topic in the shop today is UofL women’s basketball and I have to say that UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. I repeat, UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. That’s right, I just typed that. Not to mention that it’s hard to argue that Jeff Walz isn’t the best coach on campus right now because wait for it….he is!

The drubbing of 2nd ranked Notre Dame was the nation’s introduction to a very special team of young women. For some UofL fans, it may have been their introduction as well. It was exciting basketball. The player movement, the passing, the shooting, the incredible defense; it was a gorgeous display of the game of basketball.

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Louisville Drops 100 On No. 2 Notre Dame

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The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals ran the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish out of the KFC Yum! Center in a 100 – 67 beat down.

“Louisville is the best team in the country,” Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw said.

That’s a high remark from a coach who has faced South Carolina and UConn.

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Jaylen Smith Announces He Will Return

Jaylen tweeted out the following a few minutes ago & we at CSZ couldn’t be happier to have him back for another season.

Reggie Bonnafon’s Career Highlights

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Cardinal forever, and Louisville native, Reggie Bonnafon gave his all to CardNation for four years. No fan will ever forget his epic game at Notre Dame when he took down the Irish (as a true freshman)! Take a look at some of his career highlights below!