Monthly Archives: January 2016

Starting line up: justifying January 

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Oh it’s cold, so cold #cardnation.. It usually is this time of the year. But of course I want to talk about basketball. Louisville basketball in January tends to leave me scratching my head. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the stunner yesterday and mentally prepare myself, and hopefully you #cardnation, for the next storm arriving downtown tomorrow out of North Carolina.

Brainstorming for this post, these guys were listed as the ones I believe have made the biggest jump into their respective classes this far into the season. That being said, notta single one-a them logged a stat that impressed me or the critics yesterday. I’m not going to list said lack of numbers for my 4 guys because you know and I know that’s not them, and their potential ceiling has me feeling some type of way. Like I said, January is cold for Louisville… And I’m glad that’s over. These are the guys that absolutely have to leap into February or we are toast in conference play of the Atlantic coast.

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Highlights: Russ Smith & Earl Clark in NBA D-League together

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Russ Smith and Earl Clark are both members of the Delaware 87ers in the NBA Developmental League. On Saturday night, Russ Smith had 30 points and 18 assists, which is the most assists for anyone in a D-League game this season. Earl Clark poured in 21 points and added 4 rebounds and 3 assists as they defeated the Grand Rapids Drive 135-119. Highlights of Russ and Earl below.

My favorite has to be Russ’ last highlight, when he shoots a deep 3 and then runs back like he is Steph Curry, knowing it is going in, and the shot banks in. Only Russ.

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Cards going for 14th straight win on Sunday

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The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals round out their two-game homestand on Sunday, as they face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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Pitino, Mitchell, Adel, and Lewis Virginia postgame

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Here are the videos of Rick Pitino, Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Trey Lewis following the loss against Virginia. The transcript for Rick Pitino’s comments are also below. He says he saw this day coming. Let’s just have a warning of it next time so we don’t get so amped up. Thanks.

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Highlights: Virginia defeats Louisville 63-47

It happened. Face it, deal with it, and then move on to UNC. Go Cards!

Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 1/30/16

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On our latest show on 93.9 The Ville, we started off weird. We opened with uk and had Cal accurately predict a loss to Kansas. Good ole J.R. (Justin Renck, no relation to Jim Ross) had to leave but business picked up when we welcomed Howie Lindsey, host of the Howie Lindsey show, M-F from 10-12 on 93.9 FM, on to the show. Howie came on to give you all the insight on the huge recruiting weekend for Louisville Football. We talked about just how important we thought this Virginia game was and how could it help the Cards’ Monday night showdown with #2 UNC? Steve & Jeremy’s predictions were not even close! We had several first time callers and it was awesome, keep tuning in and calling in! Check us out every Saturday morning from 10-11 on 93.9 The Ville, and click below to listen to this episode. The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to by Doug Budd and Red Edge Realty and Special Thanks go out to Michael Puckett and Western-Southern Life.


Layup Lines: Louisville vs Virginia

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Buckle up…here we go! Louisville (17-3, 6-1) is about to enter a crazy stretch of basketball games against ranked teams, with a little Boston College thrown in there for good balance. It starts today as the Virginia Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3) are in town and trying to stay in the ACC race. Usually when there are games on Saturday and Monday, they are paired together in the minds of fans. Well, this pair is Virginia and North Carolina, a huge two-game set for the Cards.

Monday could be one of the best atmospheres that the KFC Yum! Center has seen, but let’s not jump ahead of today yet. This could be an awesome game. Enjoy it. Here are some quick notes on the game. Has to be quick so I can go do some CSZ radio on 93.9 The Ville from 10-11, which you should check out!

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Dan McDonnell and Jose Bautista Leadoff Dinner News Conference

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Louisville Coach Dan McDonnell and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista met with the media on Friday before the 2016 Leadoff Dinner. McDonnell talks about his team and the overall excitement heading into another season. The Cards are ranked #2 in several preseason polls.

Bautista talks about what he said to this Louisville team, his excitement for his upcoming season, and more.

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Rick Pitino previews Virginia

Rick Pitino met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game against Virginia. Video and transcript below.

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Opening statement

It’s a big weekend, obviously, with two highly ranked teams and well-coached teams coming in here. What (Virginia) just did to Wake Forest was interesting to say the least. We’re coming off a very good road swing where we — the second game — played probably our worst defensive outing of the year. But I think that had a lot to do with the officiating for both teams. That’s what’s happening in college basketball. That’s why the scoring is up the same way it was in the NBA. Players have to get used to the offensive player banging into you to create fouls, and they’ve got to get used to drawing offensive fouls and holding your plane. The NBA had to get used to it and now the college has to get used to it. That’s why scoring is up because more free throws are being shot.

Q: Do you like the way it’s being called?

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CardinalSportsZone Radio Show: Preview 1/30

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It’s GAMEDAY! At least it will be tomorrow morning when the CSZ radio show hits the 93.9 airwaves. If you are like us, you are going to wake up excited for the Cards’ “White Out” game against #11 Virginia. What better way to get ready than turning on 93.9 The Ville and spending the 10 o’clock hour with us!

  • Howie Lindsey ( and The Howie Lindsey Show) joins us at 10:30 to give you all the insight on the huge recruiting weekend for Louisville Football.
    • Will Louisville Football end up with the highest recruiting class in its history?
    • Do the Cards expect any commitments this weekend?
  • Just how important is this Virginia game and how can it help the Cards’ Monday night showdown with #2 UNC?
  • Dream with us for a few. What if the Cards beat both UVA AND UNC?!

Join us tomorrow from 10-11 on 93.9 The Ville for all this and more!! Of course if you won’t be by the radio, you can listen on the IHeart Radio and TuneIn Apps on your smartphone.

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List of visitors for huge football recruiting weekend


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National Signing Day for college football is Wednesday, February 3, meaning that this is the final weekend of official visits for recruits before they sign the dotted line and choose where they will be attending school. In other words, this is a HUGE weekend for programs across the country, and Louisville is no exception. The Cards will be hosting commits, as well as recruits that have yet to make their verbal pledge anywhere. The weekend is highlighted by Jawon Pass and Desmond Fitzpatrick being on campus.

Here is a quick rundown of who will be in town this weekend. *Subject to change, as is everything with recruiting*

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Trey Lewis and Mangok Mathiang crash women’s basketball press conference

If you don’t like this team, well then I just don’t have many words for you. After the UofL women destroyed Clemson on Thursday night, Trey Lewis and Mangok Mathiang made an unexpected appearance at the podium. Just another example of how these guys really get along and like each other. Team chemistry is important folks. These guys have it!

Reminder: Virginia basketball game is a white out

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This is just a friendly reminder that the men’s basketball game against Virginia on Saturday is a “white out”. Meaning? Wear white if you will be at the game. Obviously, the team will also be wearing white, but they will be in these “iced out” uniforms.

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Walz, Jackson, and Fuehring Clemson postgame

Is it safe to say that the Louisville women’s basketball team is on a roll? They dismantled Clemson 75-33 on Thursday night for their 13th win in a row. They are now 16-5 overall and 8-0 in the ACC. Briahanna Jackson led the way with 13 points. She, along with Sam Fuehring and coach Jeff Walz, spoke to the media following the win.

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Darrell Griffith to be honored as ACC Legend

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Let’s get this out of the way early. Darrell Griffith never played in the ACC. It’s fine. He can still be considered a legend of the conference. Just accept it. And that is what will happen. Griff is one of 14 players and one coach that will be honored during this year’s ACC Tournament. The full class is listed below, along with a quick summary of Griffith’s resume.

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Making It “Wayne”: Legends of Louisville


As I was watching the game last night, I kept seeing a Virginia Tech player with the name “Blackshear” on his jersey, and all I could think about was the GOAT (that’s greatest of all time for those who aren’t quite as hip with today’s lingo) Blackshear, the one that truly made it “Wayne” (I am awfully sorry for these terrible puns by the way). Of course I am talking about the one, the only, Wayne Blackshear. And well, since its Thursday, I guess you could call this a #TBT (Once again for those who are a little bit older that means Throwback Thursday).

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Rick Pitino talks about the win over Virginia Tech

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Louisville went on the road Wednesday night and got the 91-83 win over Virginia Tech. Here is what Coach Pitino had to say after the game.

Opening statement

(Virginia Tech Buzz Williams) would make a great pro coach. I’m not trying to get rid of him. But he’d make a great pro coach because he puts you in pick-and-roll isolations that hurt Virginia, that hurt us. They hurt everybody with it. That’s the professional game. To use 15, 16 seconds of the clock puts you in situations that are very difficult to guard. So he does a lot of great things with the pick-and-roll. We had to win this game on offense tonight.

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Highlights: Louisville defeats Virginia Tech 91-83

Louisville baseball is ACC preseason favorite

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Dan McDonnell and the Louisville Cardinals baseball team have been selected as the preseason favorite in the ACC for 2016, as selected by the league coaches. The full poll for each division is below.

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Layup Lines: Louisville @ Virginia Tech

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The Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 5-1) hit the road on Wednesday night and take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-8, 4-3), coached by Buzz Williams, pictured above doing an incredible Buzz Kick. Any road win in the ACC is big, and this one is no different. Virginia Tech is much improved, and it will take an exceptional effort for the Cards to leave Blacksburg with the W. Let’s look over some pregame notes.

Game Facts

Spread: Louisville opened as 9.5 point favorites.

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