While The Cards Are Away, You Can Watch Local Recruiting Targets Play

Louisville vs Indiana State (2 of 68)

Card Nation, while our Cards are on the road preparing for battle against Virginia let’s hit the roads ourselves.

Here’s a list of some local high school games where a few Louisville targets will be playing tonight. Show these young kids some of the support Louisville fans have to offer.

Ballard Bruins (2-3) vs Eastern Eagles

7 pm at Eastern 

  • 3* Jared Casey
  • 3* WR Elijah Downing
  • 3* WR Josh Minkins Jr. (2020)
  • Justice Thompson unranked sophomore LB

Moore Mustangs (4-1) vs Valley Vikings 

7 pm at Moore 

  • 4* JJ Weaver (top defensive target left on Louisville’s board)

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Everything You Need to Know: Louisville at Virginia

Spread: Virginia -4.5

How to Watch / Listen: 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ACC Network (WAVE3 locally)

Last Time: Coming off a bye week, the Cards fell behind early 7-0 on a seven yard run from Chris Sharp. But Lamar Jackson answered back with a 68-yard touchdown run of his own, and from there the Cards rallied with a big win. Jackson’s 342 total yards (195 passing, 147 rushing) and four touchdowns helped Louisville secure a 38-21 win in Louisville. Also leading the way was Jaylen Smith (five receptions, 84 yards, two touchdowns) and Dae Williams (15 carries, 88 yards, one touchdown), while Louisville also compiled 493 total yards and forced two turnovers.

Louisville leads the all-time series 4-2.

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Chris Mack Looks To Cement His 2019 Recruiting Class Next Weekend

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Chris Mack has come in like a whirlwind, an irresistible force, and began rebuilding the brand of UofL Basketball; a brand that is as rich in tradition as any school.

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Photo Courtesy of Chris Mack’s Twitter Account (@CoachChrisMack)

He started by welcoming all players from all eras to come home. Then, he set about transforming the current roster both in physical appearance and in their style of play. Now, he’s out on the recruiting trail showing the college basketball world that UofL’s brand is not dead; that, in fact, it was merely dormant and it is ready to rise up and enjoy a new birth of relevancy on the national stage.

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Nunnsense | Louisville Football Is Fine. Right?

Louisville vs WKU (36 of 60)

If you take a step back and look at the schedule, you would realistically think that after 3 games, Louisville would be 2-1. Correct?  Well, Louisville is exactly 2-1. So everything is fine. Right? It would appear so just by looking at the record, but upon further review, the way that the 2-1 record was earned, was much more of a struggle than anticipated.

If you are like me then you thought Louisville would keep it within 17 points against Alabama. Turns out Alabama is much better than I thought. Chalk that loss up to getting beat by the best team in the country. The margin of defeat didn’t really matter.

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Cards In The Pros: Mid-September Update

Nick Burdi made his Major League debut on September 11th, for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Nick Solak was rewarded for a great regular season at the AA level and was promoted to the AAA Durham Bulls for their playoff run.  The accolades continue to pour in for Corey Ray. The Southern League MVP was named to the MLB Pipeline Team of the Year this week, as well as named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.  

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Men’s Basketball Red-White Tickets On Sale Now

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Want your first look at the 2018/2019 Louisville men’s basketball team? Here’s your chance! October 21st at 2 PM is the first Red-White game of the season and you can get your tickets below.

Louisville Football’s Cunningham Prepares for First Start at Quarterback (Video)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – 

Malik Cunningham’s dreams become reality in just four days, when the University of Louisville football program travels to Virginia on Saturday.

On Monday, UofL head coach Bobby Petrino announced that the 6-foot-1 quarterback will be the starter against the Cavaliers in the Cardinals’ ACC opener in Charlottesville, Va.

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Louisville Women Release 2018-19 Conference Schedule

 

It’s almost hoops season!!

Today, the Louisville Cardinals released the 2018-19 ACC schedule.

Last season, the Cardinals went 15-1 in conference, claiming the regular season title, as well as the ACC Tournament title.

The ACC proved to be the premier women’s basketball conference with eight teams notching 20-wins and eight teams in the NCAA Tournament. Two of the Final Four teams were of the ACC – including Louisville – and National Champions Notre Dame.

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2019 4 Star SF Samuell Williamson Commits To The Cards

Samuell Williamson

Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Chris Mack has the Cardinal Caravan rolling as UofL picks up their third commitment for the 2019 class in 4 Star F Samuell Williamson.

Williamson, a 6’6 180 lbs SF from Rockwall High School in Rockwall, TX, is ranked 44th overall in the 2019 class per 247sports composite rankings. He chose UofL over Kansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Florida, and a host of other schools. Luke Murray was his primary recruiter.

I have watched highlights of Williamson, but we at @CardSportZone also got to see him in person at the open gym the UofL Basketball team held on Saturday. This guy is a cool customer on the court with a high basketball IQ and we came away highly impressed.

Williamson is in constant motion without the ball on offense; always forcing his defender to move and working his way to get open. He loves to get open in the corners for 3s. What stood out on his highlights and in the practice was that his movement isn’t a token gesture. He always moves with purpose; either to create spacing for teammates to work or to get open. He loves to go back door on over eager defenders for alley oops or layups.

However, Williamson can also handle the ball in the open court and in the half court. His ball handling is as smooth as his personality seems to be. He handles like a 6’2 PG and can actually run some point. It is entirely possible to run an offense through him if need be.

Samuell Williamson

Photo Courtesy of Samuell Williamson’s Twitter Account (@S_Williamson35)

Williamson matches his ball handling with excellent court vision, awareness, and passing. In one of his highlights, he grabs a rebound, brings the ball up the court, and makes a nice pass between two unaware defenders to his teammate for an easy layup. At the open practice, he did an excellent job of feeding the post when a big had a favorable one on one matchup; he used very simple, crisp passes.

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TWICA: September 17th

Welcome back everyone, to This Week in Cardinal Athletics! Sorry for no TWICA last week, had some personal issues come up that prevented me from getting it out, but we are back in full force this week. But that’s enough of the talking, let’s get into it!

Women’s Golf

At the Minnesota Invitational, the Cardinals finished 3rd out of 15 teams, led by junior Lauren Hartlage with a 1-under-par 215 for the tournament. Congrats go out to them on a 3rd place finish!

This Week: 09/21-23 Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tennessee

Men’s Golf

At the Louisville Cardinal Challenge, the Cardinals finished 2nd behind tournament winner Duke, led by sophomore Matthias Schmid’s 3rd overall finish at 10-under-par. Congrats go out to our other golf team on a 2nd place finish!

This Week: IDLE

Men’s Tennis

Our Men’s Tennis team competed in 2 events last week, winning a couple games at the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, led by freshman David Mizrahi and his 3-0 Singles mark during the event, and also picked up the Doubles Title at the Commodore Scramble, with seniors Brandon Lancaster and George Hedley besting fellow Cardinals Fabien Salle and Federico Gomez 6-2 in the championship game. Good job Cards!

This Week: IDLE

#8 Field Hockey (6-2-0)

Vs #9 Boston College: W, 1-0

Vs #11 Northwestern: W, 1-0

This Week: 09/21 At #24 Wake Forest (7 PM), Prediction: W 2-0

09/23 At Appalachian State (11 AM), Prediction: W 2-0

Women’s Volleyball (7-4)

Vs #20 Kentucky: L, 0-3

Vs Chattanooga: W, 3-0

This Week: 09/21 At NC State (7 PM), Prediction: W 3-1

09/23 At North Carolina (1 PM), Prediction: W 3-2

#7 Men’s Soccer (4-1-0)

At Boston College: W, 1-0

This Week: 09/18 Vs Charlotte (7:30 PM, ACC Network Extra), Prediction: W 2-0

09/21 Vs Pittsburgh (7:30 PM, ACC Network Extra), Prediction: W 1-0

Women’s Soccer (7-1-0)

At Pittsburgh: W, 2-0

This Week: 09/20 Vs Notre Dame (7 PM), Prediction: W 3-0

09/23 Vs Syracuse (1 PM), Prediction: W 2-0

Cross Country

At the Commodore Classic, the Men’s team, led by freshman Emmanuel Cheboson’s 2nd place finish in the 8k race at a time of 24:41.9, finished 2nd behind Eastern Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Women’s team, led by an overall 1st place finish by junior Dorcas Wasike’s time of 17:09.4 in the 5k, finished in 9th place. Congrats to the Cards for a good race and a special congrats to Dorcas for her first victory in a multi-team race!

This Week: IDLE

Football (2-1)

Vs Western Kentucky: W, 20-17

This Week: At Virginia (12:30 PM, Regional Sports Network), Prediction: W 28-14

Well that wraps it up for this week folks. Again I apologize for missing last week but I will do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again. As always, GO CARDS!!!

 

Bobby Petrino Tweetcap: Virginia Preview

Louisville vs WKU (56 of 60)

Cards In The Pros: Mid September Update

Nick Burdi made his Major League debut on September 11, for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Nick Solak was rewarded for a great regular season at the AA level and was promoted to the AAA Durham Bulls for their playoff run.  The accolades continue to pour in for Corey Ray. The Southern League MVP was named to the MLB Pipeline Team of the Year this week.

Weekly statistics are from the week of 9/5/-9/13/2018

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Photo Gallery: Louisville vs WKU

Things didn’t go as planned against WKU but the end result was a victory. The Cards trailed 14-0 before they even completed a pass and were outgained 428 yards to 292. They needed a blocked punt, a goal line stand and a WKU 51 yard field goal to come up short, just to sneak out with a 3 point win despite being a heavy favorite. It wasn’t pretty but at least it wasn’t raining. Here are some pics from the evening… Read the rest of this entry

Everything You Need to Know: Louisville v. Western Kentucky

Spread: Louisville -21

How to Watch / Listen: Kickoff at 7:30 ET on Fox Sports South and 790AM

Last Time: The Cards and Hilltoppers last met in 1998, when the Cards were a member of the Conference USA, and Western Kentucky a Division I-AA school.

With John L. Smith and Jack Harbaugh coaching the Cards and Hilltoppers, respectively, the Cards rolled to a 63-34 victory in Cardinal Stadium’s inaugural season. Leroy Collins tied a Louisville school record with five rushing touchdowns in that game (and had 154 yards on the ground). Led by then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino, Chris Redman also threw for 474 yards and three touchdowns.

Louisville leads the all-time series 19-12.

The State of the WKU Hilltoppers

Fast forward 20 years later, and like Louisville, WKU has made a lot of moves. They won the I-AA national championship in 2002, then transitioned to FBS football in 2009. They had some growing pains during the transition (including an 0-12 season in 2009), but regained their footing once Willie Taggart became the head coach. Taggart’s run as head coach included WKU’s first ever bowl game as an FBS member, and a big win on the road against Kentucky.

After Taggart left in 2012, WKU hired Bobby Petrino to coach the team in 2013. He would coach one season at WKU before returning to Louisville, leaving then offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm to get promoted to head coach. They would enjoy their biggest success in program history, winning back-to-back Conference USA championships and even getting the Hilltoppers their first ever top-25 ranking in the FBS. Brohm would parlay that success into taking the head coaching job at Purdue, leaving WKU to hire current head coach Mike Sanford, Jr. in 2016.

Last season, WKU finished 6-7 with an appearance in the Cure Bowl. WKU enters tomorrow’s game with an 0-2 record, losing at Wisconsin and last weekend against FCS Maine. WKU is also in their 100th season of football, like Louisville.

Key Players: WR Lucky Jackson, S Devon Key

Western Kentucky has had some of the best receivers in Conference USA in recent years, ranging from Taywan Taylor to Nacarius Fant, even tight ends like Tyler Higbee and Jack Doyle.

Once again, WKU boasts an explosive receiver in Lucky Jackson. He can line up in multiple spots and create mismatches against a Louisville secondary still trying to figure out what they have. His top end speed and route running should give him a quality outing. Jackson had four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Maine.

WKU also has a lot of reliable veterans in their linebacker group, particularly in Kentucky transfer Eli Brown and Ben Holt. But it’s sophomore safety Devon Key that has the most upside in the defense. Key had an early pick six against Maine last weekend, so if Louisville continues to struggle with their turnover margin, expect him to be a likely playmaker for the Toppers.

Key Matchups

Louisville Defensive Line v. WKU Offensive Line

Both of these units are looking to regain their confidence, after disappointing starts to their 2018 campaign. Louisville only has two sacks so far this season and has been getting pushed back by offensive lines with capable rushing attacks. WKU gave up six sacks against Maine last weekend, and was harassed constantly by Wisconsin in the week prior.

For Louisville to have success on defense, they have to get pressure on the quarterback and force some mistakes. Louisville is currently sitting at -3 in the turnover margin, thanks in large part to the fact they’ve only forced one turnover (an early fumble recovery against Alabama) and the aforementioned two sacks so far. Forcing turnovers (and not committing as many on offense, as well) would help keep an underdog like WKU from building confidence, and spurring a possible upset against their in-state foe.

Also tying into this is who will start at quarterback for WKU. Starter Drew Eckels is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday’s game; if he can’t go, WKU will have to choose between backup Steven Duncan, true freshman Kevaris Thomas or Davis Shanley. Shanley played in their 34-3 loss at Wisconsin, completing 2-of-3 passes and had three carries for 31 yards. No matter who does, all three might help the offense, in the sense that they are more mobile than Eckels is. But their inexperience could lead to drastic mistakes on that side of the ball.

Running Back Identity

Both teams this weekend have a mutual dilemma in their running game. Louisville and WKU are still in the process of trying to find a hot hand at running back to roll with.

For WKU, look for Garland LaFrance and D’Andre Ferby to become the feature guys at that position. LaFrance had a 75-yard touchdown catch and run last week, and is already seeing the field a lot as a smaller, speedy true freshman. Ferby is a veteran power back that has played on WKU’s conference championship teams, scoring 11 touchdowns in their memorable 2015 season. Mike Sanford needs to find a consistent rotation that works with his offense, so that it can open up opportunities for Eckels to connect with his receivers and not get pressured consistently.

Louisville had some hot hands in last week’s game against Indiana State. Both Jeremy Smith and Colin Wilson ran for a combined 108 yards on 13 carries (about 8.31 yards per carry), so letting those two backs take most of the carries again seems more than ideal. Even though Puma is starting on Saturday, I’d also expect Malik Cunningham to see the field (at least in some package plays). Cunningham’s ability to scramble adds a new wrinkle to a Cards offense that is looking for someone to break through. I’d also like to see Hassan Hall and Javian Hawkins continue to get some carries as “change-of-pace” backs, ones that can go for a big play with their speed on the perimeter.

Louisville WRs v. WKU LBs & DBs

With the weather expected to be substantially better than it was last week, it’s an opportunity for Puma Pass to reset, and forget what’s happened in the first two weeks. Maine’s main formula for success last week was being able to hit deep passes on WKU’s secondary, and I’d expect Louisville to try and replicate that on Saturday.

It also sort of ties into what I mentioned about the running game. Louisville needs someone to break out at running back, so that they can use their backs to their strengths and parlay that into a strong play action. Anything that can help Louisville’s passing game (let alone getting the ball to their talented group of receivers) will go a long way to revitalizing the offense.

Top 2019 UofL Target Jaelyn Withers Visiting UofL This Weekend

Jaelyn Withers

Photo Courtesy of Phenom Hoop Report Twitter Account (@Phenom_Hoops)

Jaelyn Withers, one of UofL’s top 2019 targets, is set to officially visit campus this weekend.

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Everything You Need to Know: Louisville v. Indiana State

Spread: Louisville -45.5

How to Watch / Listen:7 p.m. Saturday on ACC Network, WatchESPN and 790AM

Last Time:Louisville and Indiana State last met in the 2009 season opener, when Cardinal Stadium was undergoing its first major renovation by adding the upper deck to the east side of the stadium.

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UofL’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge Game Now Has A Time And Channel

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We already knew UofL Basketball and Coach Chris Mack would be facing Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on November 27th at the KFC Yum Center. What we didn’t know was the time of the game and the channel that would carry it…until now.

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Bowl Projections: 9-6-18

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USA Today released their bowl projections after week one of the college football season. They have UofL in a bowl fans are quite familiar with against an opponent the Cards have beaten down once before.

That’s right Card Nation, it’s the Belk Bowl on December 29th. UofL fans have bad memories of Teddy Bridgewater getting pummeled by NC State in the 2011 game and Nick Chubb wrecking our defense in Bobby Petrino’s first season back as coach.

The projected opponent is Florida; the team UofL beat down in the 2013 Sugar Bowl to make Kirk Herbstreit eat his words.I don’t mind this projection at all. UofL gets to beat Florida again, which their neighbors down the road haven’t done in over 30 years, and we fans get to exorcise the Belk Bowl demons that haunt our memories.

Bring on the Belk Bowl and bring on Florida…unless, of course, the Cards go 10-1 the rest of the season and make a New Year’s Six bowl.

Cards In The Pros: Early September Update

The season is winding to a close for the guys in Minor Leagues and in the Major Leagues the playoff races are heating up. With September call-ups, 7 Cardinal 9 Alumni are currently on a Major League roster with a few more knocking on the door who could potentially be called up as their minor league playoffs come to an end.

For some guys, it is time for relaxation and spending time with loved ones, for others they gear up for instructs, the Arizona Fall League or winter ball in much warmer climate. For some their season totals have been listed because their year has concluded, for others, they are still playing and are on the weekly update schedule.

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Chris Mack Talked With Jon Rothstein On His Weekly Podcast

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Photo courtesy of 247Sports

UofL coach Chris Mack joined Jon Rothstein on his weekly “College Basketball Today” podcast Tuesday.

Coach Mack discussed why he chose to leave Xavier for UofL and what he thinks the ceiling is for the 2018-2019 Cardinals, among other topics.

Click the tweet above to give it a listen.