Monthly Archives: January 2017
The new polls are out and the Cards have gotten some major respect even after losing both Q & Tony Hicks. The Cards jumped up to 6 & 7 respectively in the AP & Coaches Poll
For the full polls click on more below
More good news on the recruiting front, as the Cardinals picked up another big time commitment today. This time from 4 star Gadsden City OT Toryque Bateman.
This time last year, the Louisville Cardinals were gearing up to host No. 2 and eventual National Runner-Up North Carolina. A win over the Tarheels would’ve been the signature win that team needed. They had talent, leadership, and were widely considered as one of the most enjoyable Louisville teams to watch in recent memory. All they lacked was a marquee win.
It started with an aggressive drive capped off by a thunderous one-handed slam from senior grad-student transfer and crowd favorite Damion Lee. He’d finish with a game-high 24 points, and would lead the Cardinals to their recognition-earning win. The city, fans, and team expressed their elation all night and into the next morning. Then, everything changed.
Here are the highlights and Pressers after todays 85-60 win over NCST.
Coach Rick Pitino
The No. 13 Louisville Cardinals took care of business today by handling the NC State Wolfpack a 25-point loss with a final score of 85-60.
Louisville took the lead 11-9 with 16:35 left in the 1st half and never looked back. Donovan Mitchell led the Cards in scoring with 28 points, rebounds with 8, and assists with 5. Mangok Mathiang continued his impressive play off the bench with 14 points. Deng Adel added 10 points and VJ King chipped in 9 points to go along with 7 rebounds.
It was an all-around impressive effort from the Cards today. They held Dennis Smith Jr. to 8 points (11.6 below his season average of 19.6 PPG). They moved the ball well, hounded the Wolfpack on defense, and asserted their dominance.
In a week of upsets and wild finishes, the Cards went 2-0 with wins by 55 and 25 points. With all the teams up top that lost this week, the Cards could make an appearance in the top-5 when the new rankings are released.
Up next, Louisville travels to Boston College for a 3pm game on Saturday, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.
After the 55-point record-setting dismantling of Pittsburgh on the road Tuesday, the No. 13 Louisville Cardinals return home to welcome the Wolfpack and star player Dennis Smith Jr. today at 1pm in the Yum! Center, the game can be seen on the ACC Network. Louisville is currently a 13.5-point favorite over the Wolfpack.
Yesterday I made a post complete with two tweets stating that Teddy Bridgewater would likely miss the entire 2017 season. Teddy’s agent, Kennard McGuire, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that “I would not overreact to a story that has zero substance and no credibility.” Teddy’s status for next season is on a wait-and-see plan.
ESPNstaff writer, Ben Goessling posted this article
We are all aware that the offensive line at Louisville needs help and quickly. Have no fear, help is near. Not only does Louisville have several commitments from some very highly rated offensive lineman, they also have help coming via the junior college route. One of those made the list of junior college Transfers to watch in the ACC from Athlon Sports. Ronald Rudd made the list. Give him a follow, https://twitter.com/bigtymeballa000
Check out the full list from Athlon Sports below, Read the rest of this entry
Clemson, SC —
Steve Jones from the Courier-Journsl reports that ” Former Morehead State and Bourbon County quarterback Clay Bolin, the younger brother of Louisville senior QB Kyle Bolin, has transferred to U of L and plans to walk-on to the football team, their mother said Thursday. Clay Bolin is enrolled at U of L and will participate in spring practice, said Monica Bolin, who thinks her son will be eligible to play in games in 2017 as a transferring walk-on.”
Read the full story in the link below.
The 2017 National Football League will hold it’s annual draft in Philadelphia on April 27 – 29, 2017. Many publications are releasing their early mock drafts. It’s fun to look and see where your favorite Cardinals could potentially end up but there are still combines and workouts to go before the draft so the mock drafts change quite frequently. However, at this point it’s worth noting that Louisville has the number one rated long snapper in the draft according to ESPN. Colin Holba, from Eastern High School, has quietly made his way to the top of the list at his position. He is currently not projected to be drafted as long snappers are not frequently taken throughout the draft process but he will definitely get signed to a free agent contract.
Here is a projected list of who and what round your draft eligible Cardinals could be drafted according to draft101.com.
This week on the nest we have a full house and we weren’t playing Cards. (Non pun intended) LJ, Jeremy, Paige, Matt and Krueger sat down and discussed the week in basketball for one. Nunn was posted up in the corner like a man possessed. Like a man who’d been cheated out of pizza & wasn’t gonna take it anymore. FSU, Pitt, Signing Day & LJ had a great question about sacrifice we all discussed. We are also pretty sure Nunn did not predict the leading scorer for NCST. Catch all of this & more on the Nest….
In January of 2014, Jeffrey Todd Grantham was introduced as the new defensive coordinator of the Louisville Cardinals. He left the University of Georgia, where he had held the same position for the previous four years. Grantham brought with him plenty of experience having coached for four NFL teams ( Cowboys, Browns, Colts and Texans) and three great college programs (Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Georgia). Read the rest of this entry
Florida State has been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the ACC Baseball Championship, with 10 of 14 first place votes. Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State also nabbed one first place vote each for the overall conference title.
The Tar Heels were selected as the ACC Coastal Division preseason favorites, narrowly edging out Virginia and Miami (FL). Louisville finished second behind the Seminoles as the ACC Atlantic Division favorites.
The ACC as a whole continues its baseball dominance, with the most ranked teams (eight) across the D1baseball, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls. Louisville enters the 2017 season ranked 7th in the Baseball America Top 25, 11th on Collegiate Baseball and 12th on D1baseball.com.
The Cardinals open their season on February 17th-19th in Clearwater, FL against Alabama State, Maryland and Ball State. The Cardinals open their home slate against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on February 22nd, with a home game at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th against another in-state foe, Northern Kentucky. U of L hopes to rebound from another crushing defeat in the Super Regionals and make their third College World Series in the last five years.
The University of Louisville has filed it’s official response to the notice of allegations they received from the NCAA regarding the violations associated with the Katina Powell story. It appears the University is showing support for Rick Pitino claiming that he is not guilty of the failure to monitor charge. You can read the story by Eric Crawford as well as the official response from the University of Louisville in the tweet below. Read the rest of this entry
Louisville guard Tony Hicks has been diagnosed with a fractured fourth metacarpal and will be out six to eight weeks, according to U of L’s statement.
Hicks suffered the injury while fighting for a loose ball in the first half against Pitt last night. Hicks finished the game with ten points and four assists in the 106-51 victory, two days after posting a season high 16 points at Florida State. The 6-8 week timeline puts Hicks in position to possibly return during postseason play, with the graduate transfer seeking his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
This also marks the second injury suffered in the last two weeks for the Cardinals, with point guard Quentin Snider still recovering from a strained hip flexor. Snider was expected to be out 2-3 weeks from his diagnosis last week, but it is unknown whether he will return for Sunday’s Whiteout game against NC State.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino will present the newest members of the Louisville Cardinals football team during U of L’s day-long coverage of National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Highlighted by an open public event at 6:00 p.m. ET, Cardinals fans will hear first-hand from the Louisville coaching staff about this year’s incoming class, which is expected to be among the nation’s top-ranked groups.
If you say you called Louisville winning in a blowout tonight, you’d be correct. If you said Louisville would beat Pittsburgh on the road by 55 points, you’d be lying.
No one could have foreseen tonight’s outcome. Louisville has had their way with Pittsburgh for the 10th time in a row after tonight’s win. But tonight, the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh in a way they had NEVER done before. Without their starting point guard, Quentin Snider, Louisville put together its best team performance of the season, on the road against a solid Pittsburgh team. The Cards shot 58% from the field, 54.5% from 3-point range (12-22), assisted on 24 of the 39 made shots, allowed only 13 made field goals on 51 attempts, and most impressively outrebounded Pittsburgh 48-26 en route to a 106 to 51 thumping of Pittsburgh on their home court.