This week on 55…..
We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about the Cards trips to Seattle and Tampa. Sweet 16 and National Champions? Yeah we got those too. We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics and I do mean EVERYTHING. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). We ask again, what’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? We let you continue to teas you later after many weeks of clues. WAYNE 1K! just as I told you….
Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..
— Sean Moth (@CardsPA) March 23, 2015
We have kind of grown accustomed to winning here and I don’t want it to stop. Our Baseball team has still not lost an ACC series. Men’s hoops is heading back to the sweet 16. We just had a young lady set the American record in the 100 butterfly TWICE in the same day and win the first 2 National titles in school history in her sport. Our softball team has not lost an ACC series despite having a down year by their normal record and standards. The Women’s Basketball team is rolling also in the NCAA tourney. It is a great time to be a Louisville Cardinal…..It always is.
-The Cards NCAA Tourney trip started out a little lackluster but the Cards pull out the win behind an 18 point night from Wayne Blackshear and a Defensive Back performance of a lifetime from Mango Mathiang to defeat the anteaters of UC Irvine 57-55. Terry Rozier sealed the deal as an attempt to foul a guy turned into a steal and possession for the Cards.
The second game in Seattle was a lot more entertaining if you’re a Card fan, and let’s face it…why wouldn’t you be? The Cards dispatche #9 Northern Iowa 66-53 behind the lights out shooting of Terry Rozier who hit 8 out of his first 10 shots and finished 8-13 with 25 points and 7 assists. Terry also was 8-9 from the stripe. Trezz added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Q and Wayne both added 10 points for the Cards. Did I say Wayne? Wayne MOTHERLOVIN Blackshear scored his 1000th point for UL midway through the first half making him the 67th player in UL history to accomplish this feat and the first person in Louisville history to go to 4 straight sweet 16’s. Couldn’t have happened for a better person.
Purple Wayne…Purple Wayne….Wayne gets ALL OF THE PICS TODAY (Yes I know that’s not Wayne but they are both stars in my mind.
-The Cards will face and rematch conference foe NCST in the Sweet 16 at 7:37 on Friday. The Cards lost to NCST earlier this season in a game which was perceived at the time as the Cardinals only bad loss. I will go on record as saying the Cards have 0 bad losses as that win vs us surely propelled them into this sweet 16 run. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. The Cards are a three point favorite.
-For more info on this years tournament visit UofL Basketball Tournament central. It is a really cool site and is a one stop spot for all things postseason Cards. Check it out.
-Click here for Justins thoughts on the game…..
-Time to catch you up on this week in Cardinal Athletics….
Women’s Basketball: (26-6) #8
The Cards opened up the NCAA tournament with a dismantling of BYU 86-53 in Tampa. Myisha Hines-Allen had a team high 19 points and 8 rebounds. Bria led the team in assists and steals. The Cards now await USF in Tampa as they won their first round game. UL is the only top 16 seed not hosting a first round site. Due to the Men’s tourney being in town they decided to hold it at USF’s home arena in the city that UL wants to return to in Tampa, host of the 2015 Final Four. They would have to go through UCONN to achieve that goal.
Baseball: (18-6) #7 Baseball America
Last Week: Purdue 5-3 W, #22 ND 2-0W,6-4 W & 3-0 W
This week: @ #24 IU on Tuesday then hosting #26th ranked Ga Tech this weekend
Come out and enjoy your #7 ranked Cards play Baseball and free admission and parking at the Jim vs GTECH this weekend!!!!!
Full Poll here
Last week: @OSU 9-7 W 14-4 W, @Miami,OH 8-1 W, UNC 4-2L 9-2 W & 6-4 W.
This week: Hosting IU on Wednesday then off to Syracuse before an April Fools day matchup with Top 10 uk
Swimming & Diving:
Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell picked up her second national title and led her team to a record-setting 6th place in the final night of competition at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C .
The Cardinals finished sixth with 197 points behind winner California (513), Georgia (452), Stanford (363), Texas A&M (231), and Virginia (229). Texas (164) was seventh followed by USC (163), Florida (129 and Indiana (126) to round out the top ten in the 46 team field.
“It is unbelievable what we were able to accomplish this week,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “Our three-year progression is nothing short of impressive: 22nd in 2013, 15th in 2014, and now 6th. Much credit goes to our coaching staff, extended staff, but more importantly to our seniors. They led the way from day one and set the `crazy’ goals for the season. Also, many thanks to our administration who has supported me and my staff over the last 12 years. We are a beaming with Cardinal Pride!”
Worrell swept the butterfly events by winning the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.11. She was out .6 slower than she was this morning during prelims, but it paid dividends when she dropped more than two seconds to win the final tonight. Florida State’s Chelsea Britt started out fast and had the lead at the 100 yard mark but was chased down by the field led by Worrell, who posted the third fastest time in NCAA history. Teammate Tanja Kylliainen finished fifth with a 1:54.62 in the same race.
-The Men’s NCAA Championships start on Thursday. Good luck to them as they attempt to win a Team National Championship and much more!
Last Week: IDLE
This Week: The Lady Cards are in Hawaii this week to take place in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic at the Bay Course in Kapalua, Maui.
Last Week: Junior Robin Sciot-Siegrist tied for ninth place for the University of Louisville men’s golf team at the Schenkel Invitational, which is being held at the Forest Height Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.
The Cardinals finished in 13th place of 15 teams, while Auburn won the tournament with an impressive 41-under par. Vanderbilt was second one shot off the pace. The Cardinals shot 286-289-295=870 during the two-day event.
This Week: IDLE
Women’s Tennis: (10-9)
Last week: IDLE
This week @Syracuse on Friday and BC on Sunday
Men’s Tennis: (15-4)
Last Week: UNC 5-2 W
This Week: Hosting So. Illinois & TTech tomorrow then going to Atlanta Friday to face Ga Tech then Clemson on Sunday
Women’s Lacrosse: (7-2) #10
This Week: @Longwood on Wednesday, @ #4 Northwestern on Sunday
The Cards got back to their winning ways this week dispatching Vandy 16-9 then going to Va Tech and winning 15-6. The game Saturday started off a 4 game road slate including Longwood, #4 Northwestern & American. After Vandy the Cards don’t return home until April 4th when they take on #3 UNC. Then they travel to #8 Virginia, host #7 Syracuse then travel to #17 ND. What a grueling schedule but it will pay off one day.
Full poll here
Track & Field:
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – – The Louisville track and field team broke three school records on the final day of the Alabama Relays to open up the outdoor season. The Cardinals set records in the men’s and women’s distance medley relay and the men’s 4×400 meter relay.
“Overall we had a good weekend for an early season competition,” said head coach Dale Cowper. “Both squads took a step toward reaching the goals we have outlined for the outdoor season and I’m excited we were able to break five school records in the relay events.”
The men’s distance medley team of Andrew Stewart, Carlos Coleman, Teague Peck and Edwin Kibichiy won the event with a time of 9:50.96. They broke the previous record of 10:09.0 set in 1976 at the Florida Relays. The women’s distance medley team of Michelle Molodynia, Zahara Gully, Mia Ross, and Benadate Cheruiyot finished third in the event with a time of 11:38.72. They broke the previous school record of 11:51.96 set in 1995 at the Alabama Relays.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Andrew Nsuk, Jeron Brown, Teague Peck and Josh Hall finished fourth with a time of 3:12.93. The team carried over momentum from the indoor season into the outdoor season and set another school record. They broke the old record of 3:13.12 set at the 2006 Big East Championship. On the women’s side, the 4×400 meter relay team of Taylor Bradley, La’Bianca Frazier, Gwen Shaw, and Bre’Yana Wash finished fifth with a time of 3:49.59. The 4×100 meter relay team of Alexis Murry, Kayla Tyson, Bradley and Wash finished ninth with a time of 47.29.
-The Cards host the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational starting on Friday.
This week: The Row Cards next travel to Columbus, Ohio for the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on March 28th.
-This has been your one stop shop to catch up on the Cardinal Athletic program, this has been your week in Cardinal Athletics.
-Our Podcast is now available on iTunes! After weeks of back and forth phone calls it is finally official. You can also go to CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast to access all archived shows. Our podcast goes live on Monday’s and Friday’s at noon at blogtalkradio.com/csz. You can call in and talk to Steve, Justin & myself at (914) 338-0180.
-This brings me to a sad time of the year. The season finale of 55. I do not know when it will occur. I always run it a week after the basketball season ends so we have a max of 3 episodes to go, a minimum of 1. I do enjoy doing 55 every week for you guys because it allows me to be more personable and it gives you guys all the info I would want to know if you only have one chance to keep up on everything.
-Ok, a lot less cryptic…next week I reveal and explain.
-Cool piece on Trezz:
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 2015
-If you guys are in the market for any UofL Blu-Rays go to my guy @LordKayoss on Twitter and he will get you what you need. I got my Blu-Rays today and they are magnificent. Thank You sir!
-As always, don’t forget to follow the great people of CSZ on Twitter. @justinrenck, @Stiz_CSZ, @Darylfoust4 & myself @Jeremy_CSZ. Until next time CardNation…This was 55….
You can find all previous episodes of 55 by typing 55 in thesearch bar and clicking search
Video: As always…………TREZZ DUNKS!!!!!!!!!!!
*some info taken from press releases, most from CSZ and my brain
**none taken from other people’s thoughts, NONE