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Monthly Archives: November 2016

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!

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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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PRESS RELEASE

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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Uniform Report: Uk

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Our guys at @UofLEquipment put out the uniform report for this weekends game vs Kenturkey….umm I mean uk. Enjoy.

Louisville vs Old Dominion: Pregame Breakdown

(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)

(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)

The No. 10 Louisville Cardinal basketball team is set to tip-off against Old Dominion tonight at 9:30pm in Nassau, Bahamas to start the Cards’ quest for the Battle for Atlantis crown on AXSTV. The last time Louisville played in the Battle for Atlantis tournament was in 2012-13, the Cards opened with a gut-wrenching victory over Northern Iowa, followed by a blowout of then top-15 Missouri, and ended the tournament with a disappointing loss to a Duke squad the Cards would avenge when it mattered most, the NCAA Elite Eight.

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Feature On Gary The Redbird

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Thanks to all of our loyal readers for helping out our guy Gary “The Redbird” THE best fan in the nation in the contest with Gannett. The 2ns most legendary Budd has been in the stands for years and has been an inspiration to us all. (Sorry Gary, Doug pays the bills) He is a football staple and a great person too. The long time CSZ supporter asked for your help and you delivered! It was great to find this interview on Cn2 where Gary explains his entire process and is questioned on if 2016 is the end of the Redbird….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Lamar Jackson Is Named Finalist For The Davey O’Brien And Maxwell Awards

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Lamar Jackson has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. The Maxwell Award is presented to the nation’s best player, and the Davey O’Brien Award goes to the nation’s top quarterback. Lamar is also considered to be the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football  whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Football Press Conference 11-21-16: Petrino & Kelsey

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Here are the press conferences from today by UofL Head Coach Bobby Petrino & SR Linebacker Keith Kelsey.

 

Bobby Petrino

 

Keith Kelsey

AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 11-21-16

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Here is this weeks AP top 25 for Men’s Basketball.

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 4-0
PV Rank

2

Points

1,592

2
Record: 5-0
3
1,561
3
Record: 3-0
6
1,443
4
Record: 4-0
5
1,399
5
Record: 2-1
7
1,374
6
Record: 4-1
1
1,337
7
Record: 3-0
8
1,198
8
Record: 3-0
10
1,129
9
Record: 5-0
11
1,099
10
Record: 3-0
12
947
11
Record: 3-0
14
872
12
Record: 4-0
22
770
13
Record: 2-1
4
748
14
Record: 4-0
16
735
15
Record: 3-0
17
703
16
Record: 2-1
9
666
17
Record: 2-1
15
613
18
Record: 3-0
18
610
19
Record: 3-0
19
474
20
Record: 3-0
371
21
Record: 3-0
20
319
22
Record: 3-0
23
251
23
Record: 4-1
21
217
24
Record: 2-2
13
183
25
Record: 4-0
89
25
Record: 4-0
89

Louisville vs kentucky Football Game Time Announced

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to find out what time Louisville & kentucky will play Football this season. We found out about 1 a.m.

Louisville At Houston: Post Game Recap

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Photo Credit to Collegefootballnews.com

Well, I put off writing this as long as I could but here it is. Even after a full day to let what took place on Thursday fully sink in, I still am dumbfounded at what I watched happen. In my lifetime as a Louisville fan, I have never seen a performance like the one on Thursday, regardless of sport. Everything was right there for this team to take and make an undeniable case for their inclusion in the College Football Playoff, and the lack of preparation, execution, and adjustment is just unacceptable. Lamar Jackson has every right to personally put the Offensive Line through sprints and I sincerely hope he voiced his frustrations (in a leadership way, of course). 11 sacks allowed (a school record for most allowed) against the most elusive quarterback in college football (possibly in the history of college football) is impressive for all the wrong reasons.

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Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (11-19-16)

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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 Savant (I’m gonna make it a thing) Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed in resident College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. After the Thursday night we had the soothing sounds of PJ were needed. Great but weird song choices by Perrin too. We talked Houston Heartbreak, Bowl destinations, Pitino & the squad, Kanye & much more. We were #Blessed to have the Magic Mike 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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