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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Baseball Cards Encounter First Road Bumps Against Cincinnati, NC State

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Going into this past week, the No.1 Louisville Baseball Cardinals had set a school record for best start to the season, going 19-0. However, the Cards had yet to play a road game this season, and faced two equally solid teams in Cincinnati and North Carolina State on the road this past week. They finished the week 2-2 after dropping the game to Cincinnati as well as the series opener to NC State, but went on to and win the series 2-1, to put them at 21-2 on the season.

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NCAA Responds And Rejects Louisville’s Response Of The NOA

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(Photo Cred: @gocards)

The NCAA had 60 days to respond to Louisville’s response, that they filed on January 17th, to the notice of allegations. Louisville’s response contested the NCAA’s fourth allegation, which stated that Cards head coach Rick Pitino “violated NCAA head coach responsibility legislation” as a result of infractions committed by former director of basketball operations Andre McGee from 2010-14.

Per Eric Crawford. (WDRB) – “The NCAA has rejected the University of Louisville’s claim that men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino adequately monitored the program, concluding that Pitino did not seek routine feedback about activities in a dormitory where a onetime aide arranged for strippers and prostitutes to entertain players and recruits.” Read the rest of this entry

The Nest Episode 13: Well That Sucked

On this episode we talk about the season that was and look forward to Cardinal Basketball next year. We talk about Spring Football, Lady Cards, the Cardinal Nine, and more. Tune in.

 

Nunnsense: Wrapping Up The Basketball Season

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The season is over and this the time when I am usually Mr. positive. This is the time when I would remind you that football practice has started and our team is led by the reigning Heisman trophy winner. This is the time I would also remind you that our baseball team is ranked #1 in the nation. This is also the time where I would point out that the swim and dive team just crowned another national champion for the sixth year in a row. I would also point out that the basketball team has some great recruits coming in and the team will probably be pre-season ranked in the top 3. Even though this is the time for me to be positive and lift you up, I just can’t do it. Not yet. I’m still hurting. I’m disappointed. I’m sad. I’m wounded. I need a hug.  Read the rest of this entry

Spring Practice Day 2 Interviews

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Settle Down Everyone, The Rules Have Changed

After seeing an overwhelming amount of freak outs about NBA Draft entries, I’d just like to clear the air and hopefully provide some calming insight on Louisville’s current situation.

Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Jaylen Johnson and what could likely be others, have decided to enter the NBA Draft. While reading that sentence may cause a panic, I can assure you that is very premature. With the NBA’s new rule, implemented only last year, undergraduates are allowed to “enter the draft” and still come back. “How can this be?”, you might ask. As long as the player doesn’t sign an agent, and pulls his name out before May 24th, he will not lose eligibility.

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Donovan Mitchell, Others Declares for NBA Draft

Dec 16, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks against Kennesaw State Owls guard Yonel Brown (4) during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Kennesaw State 94-57. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

After months of speculation, Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has declared for the NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Mitchell declares for the draft after a stellar sophomore season. The first-team All-ACC player averaged 15.6 PPG, 2.1 steals per game and shot 35% from three point land.

Although Mitchell declared for the draft, Mitchell is not signing with an agent yet. This opens the door for Mitchell to return for his junior season, if he desires. The new NBA Draft rules allow prospective draftees to enter the combine and get an evaluation, prior to the withdrawal deadline on May 24th.

Sophomore Deng Adel and junior Jaylen Johnson are also going to declare for the NBA Draft but not hire an agent, like Mitchell. Adel averaged 12.1 PPG and 4.5 rebounds per game as a small forward, while Johnson averaged eight points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Spring Practice – Day 1 Highlights And Interviews

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The Future Of Donovan Mitchell

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

As I stared down at the court inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse after the 73-69 loss to Michigan, I felt sad, mad, disappointed and hurt. I stood there in disbelief thinking about what could have been. Then I started thinking about what the players were feeling. You know, the guys who actually put in the hard work and played their hearts out to get this far. They were probably 100 times more upset than I was. Imagine being that upset and disappointed and then having a microphone shoved in your face asking you about the future. Your answer would probably be an “in the moment” response and not a well thought out one.

Moments after walking off the court, Donovan Mitchell was asked if he would be going to the NBA or returning for his junior year at Louisville. His response to the reporters was “I can’t wait to win a national championship next year.” That was exactly what every Louisville fan wanted to hear. However, there is still a lot of time to change his mind. Underclassmen have till April 23rd for the early entry deadline for the NBA draft. If he decides to enter and doesn’t hire an agent, he has until May 24 to withdraw his name and return to school. Mitchell’s mom said that they would discuss his future as a family.

Rick Pitino said in a radio interview on 93.9 The Ville, that he told Mitchell, “If you want to go out there and work out for pro teams, I’d like to see you do it because it’ll make you better.”

Regardless of what he decides, he still loves the University of Louisville and he proved it last night as he (and a few other players) attended and cheered for the women’s team as they beat Tennessee to advance to the Sweet 16.

 

Five Stories to Watch in Spring Football

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Spring football is underway in Louisville, as Bobby Petrino looks to return with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and a bevvy of studs. A new defensive coordinator, depth at skill positions and offensive line play will headline the top stories of U of L’s spring football in 2017. Louisville will also have open practice for fans on March 24th, March 28th and April 4th, with the Spring Game set for April 15th.

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ICYMI: News & Notes From Petrino’s Spring Ball Press Conference

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Yesterday we got to hear from head coach Bobby Petrino for the first time since National Signing Day last month, and we came away with a few interesting tidbits thus far.

Cornerback Shaq Wiggins and offensive lineman Chandler Jones will both be transferring for the University of Louisville. It is unknown whete they will heading, but we wish them both the best of luck.

Cornerback Alphonso Carter has been suspended from the team. Last month, he was found to have a loaded gun in his possession with no license to carry after he was pulled over for running a red light.

Wide receiver Jaylen Smith and outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard will miss all of spring ball due to both of them in recovery from surgeries. Smith had surgery of stress fracture in his foot while Greenard had hip surgery.

On the positive side, Petrino announced that defensive end James Hearns has fully recovered from his surgery and is now a “full go”. Henry Famurewa is still in partial recovery, but will see some action on the practice field. Trevon Young will also see some work on the practice field after missing all of last season with a hip injury.

Around the Bases: March 21, 2017

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If nothing else for the Louisville baseball team, they continue to be consistent after the first month of the season.

It was another week, another four wins for the Cards as they push their undefeated streak to 19-0. The record is now the hottest in the program’s 100-year history, passing the 17-0 mark set by the 1957 team.

Up next, the Cardinals will make their road trips of the season, starting with tonight’s clash at Cincinnati. U of L will follow that up with a weekend series at NC State.

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Open Practice Dates & Times Announced For @UofLFootball

UofL announces dates for open Football practices. Friday March 24th, Tuesday March 28th, Tuesday April 4th at 3:25

BucketHatism: Spring Practice

“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Please be seated, the BHK is back off his weekend bender of wings, basketball and busted brackets to announce that the joy that is football is back for the month of April.  Today Bobby Petrino held his presser to give us all a glimpse of what to expect and what the team will be working on.  I know I am not the only Card fan that still has a sour taste in my mouth from how last season ended. We went from the highs of curb stomping FSU, receiving a visit from College Gameday, and a prime-time game in Death Valley to seeing Lamar nearly decapitated in Houston, watching the Governor’s Cup get kidnapped, and watching LSU do the cha-cha slide in our backfield for 4 quarters………but I digress.

The thing is, as young as this team was last year they are back and more experienced. More importantly they are pissed off at how they ended the season after being 9-1 on the verge of the playoffs.  Lamar winning the Heisman salvaged the disappointing ending but you have to think the team is still very much hungry for redemption.  Here some things, and players that the BHK is interested to see in the Spring game.

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Clash of the Titans: Louisville vs Tennessee

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Louisville, KY – The stage is set for two of the top women’s basketball programs in the nation as the 4 – seed Louisville Cardinals take on the 5 – seed Tennessee Volunteers.

This matchup has the potential to be one of the greatest games of the NCAA Tournament. On one hand, you have the legendary Tennessee Volunteers, who have been inconsistent at times this season, but have turned the corner in the nick of time. On the other, you have Louisville, a relatively new powerhouse looking for its first National Championship in women’s hoops. The Cardinals have been to the championship game twice in the past 10 years, but have yet to win the coveted title.

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Recruit Spotlight: Russ Yeast

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Russ Yeast

@russ_yeast03

5′ 10″, 175lbs
Athlete (RB/WR/CB)
Greenwood, IN

A two-way star, Russ Yeast is a speedy and agile playmaker at the Wide Receiver, Running Back and Cornerback positions out of Center Grove HS in Greenwood, IN. His senior season, he helped lead Center Grove HS to a 12-2 record, and lead them all the way to the IHSAA 6A title game. That season while both an offensive and defensive specialist, his specialization was on the offensive side of the ball, where he averaged 8.2 yards per carry as well as 18.8 yards per catch. He totaled 2,127 offensive yards and 27 total offensive touchdowns. When matched up against Russ Yeast, you better be ready for a track meet, cause he will beat you with his speed and elusiveness on the gridiron. The son of former UK great Craig Yeast, Russ decided to pave his own path and commit with their in state rival. He cited his fondness for Louisville growing up and them being the best fit both academically and athletically for him as his main reason for committing to the University of Louisville.

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Louisville vs Michigan: Cards Fall Short In Title Rematch

Louisville led by 8 at halftime, and held that lead for much of the game. However, when Michigan took the lead 53-51 with 8:54 remaining, their first lead since 4-2, they didn’t look back. Michigan continues their magical run by defeating 2-seed Louisville 73-69.

Louisville was led by Donovan Mitchell’s 19 points. Deng Adel added 16 points, also. Mangok Mathiang finished his Louisville career with 13 point performance. Transfer Tony Hicks also ended his Louisville career today, he scored 7 points in useful minutes. Fellow Senior David Levitch played sparingly, he finished with 1 rebound. Thank you to the seniors for a great season.

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Louisville vs Michigan: 2013 Title Rematch

After defeating 15-seed Jacksonville State by 15 on Friday, 2-seed Louisville faces a 2nd round opponent that’s playing as well as anyone in the nation in the Michigan Wolverines. The 2013 Championship game rematch will tip-off in Indianapolis at 12:10 on Sunday, the game can be seen on CBS.

Michigan defeated 10-seed Oklahoma State 92-91 on Friday, thanks in large part to shooting 16-29 from 3-point range. After a mediocre regular season, the Wolverines went on an improbable run through the Big 10 tournament  winning against Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the championship. The Wolverines are a dangerously confident and hot shooting team right now, but they haven’t played a team as defensive-minded as Louisville in this stretch aside from a different style of defense in Wisconsin. 16-29 is scary good and while some of the threes were shot-clock beating daggers, it’s a different story when every shot is contested. Louisville will have to do a better job of defending the perimeter or take their chances with a team that is shooting as good or better than anyone in the nation.

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Remember That One Time When Louisville Played Michigan…

Louisville Baseball Sets School Record For Best Start To Season

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The No.1 ranked Louisville Cardinals baseball team continues on their hot streak to start the 2017 season by setting a school record for most wins to start the season without a loss. Behind 7 shutout innings from pitcher Kade McClure, the Cards fended off a furious late inning comeback against the Boston College Eagles, and went on to win the game 6-4. The win puts them at 18-0 on the season, which breaks the tie with the 1957 squad for best start to the season.

The Cards are ranked No. 1 in four major college baseball polls, and look for their second consecutive ACC sweep on the season when they face Boston College at 1pm tomorrow at Jim Patterson Stadium.