Monthly Archives: January 2018

Louisville at Virginia: Pregame Breakdown

Louisville travels to Virginia to take on the 2nd ranked Cavaliers in a 7pm game tonight on ESPN2.

Virginia is playing as well as, if not better than, any team in the country. The Cavaliers are undefeated in ACC play and Louisville is the closest team to them, so needless to say that tonight’s game is huge for the ACC race.

Virginia enters this game with a 20-1 (9-0 ACC) record. They’ve earned that record by doing what they do best, holding teams to absurdly low point totals. So far this season, Virginia is only allowing 52.1 points per game (1st in the nation). They’re coming off their first victory at Duke since 1995. Duke only scored 63 points. The Cavaliers are led by sharp-shooting Sophomore, Kyle Guy. Guy averages 15.2 points per game and shoots 41% from 3-point range.

Louisville hasn’t scored 60 points against Virginia in their 6 meetings since joining the ACC. I’m excited to see how David Padgett attacks the packline defense because we all grew tired of watching Pitino try to beat it the same way every year. There were two games I thought Padgett might get some first time luck in this year, Kentucky (obviously not the case) and Virginia. If Louisville can finally surpass that 60 point mark tonight, the Cards could steal a massive win in Virginia.

Louisville 61 – Virginia 58

Go Cards!

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Bleacher Report: You Need To Know About Asia Durr

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN FINKE

Louisville junior guard Asia Durr has been no stranger to the spotlight season.

She kicked off the season being selected as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and she’s likely to end the season with the same accolade.

In her first major game this season against then No. 5 Ohio State, Durr dropper 47 points in Louisville’s, 95 – 90 victory.

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Louisville Baseball Announces Group Tickets And More For Upcoming Season

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville Announces Group Tickets, Fan Experience Options for 2018 Baseball Season

Fan experiences include anthem buddies, birthday parties and reserving Sun Tan City Patio

Online:http://gocards.com/news/2018/1/31/group-tickets-fan-experience-options-for-2018-baseball-season.aspx

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Become A Sponsor For The JBrown Foundation Golf Scramble

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the JBrown Foundation Golf Scramble coming up on April 9th? Here is your chance, below you will find the sponsorship letter that details what each level of sponsorship will give you. All letters must be turned in by March 1st.

JBrown Foundation Golf Scramble Sponsorship Letter

Lamar Jackson Passing Highlights (Video)

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Patrick Clayborn with the NFLNetwork, put together a highlight reel of all of Lamar Jackson’s passes over 20 yards in the 2017 season. Needless to say, it is a lot of fun and gives a nice break in the day!

Asia Durr Named to 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 List

University of Louisville junior guard, Asia Durr, was named as one of the 10 finalists for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award top 10 list.

The award, in its inaugural year, recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.

Durr has been crucial in Louisville’s success this season. The junior is averaging 19.7 points per game, ranking third in the ACC. She has connected on 46% of her shots from three-point range, which puts her at eighth in the country.

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Jaire Alexander Highlights (Video)

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Jaire Alexander had an outstanding career at the University of Louisville. Even with an injury riddled junior year, he made sure to let his presence be known when he was on the field. He was one of the most dynamic playmakers ever in the defensive backfield at UofL. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone cannot wait to watch him play on Sundays this fall!

UofL Baseball Mini-Plan Tickets On Sale Now

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Dan McDonnell has created a powerhouse, so get out and watch one of the best baseball programs in the nation. This year will be the first year you have to pay to watch & the on field product is worth it!

PRESS RELEASE

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– With another exciting college baseball season on the horizon, the University of Louisville has launched a trio of 2018 season ticket mini plans providing fans with an array of reserved seating options at Jim Patterson Stadium as they continue their unmatched support for the nationally ranked Cardinals.

The 2018 mini plans include a 15-game flex plan ($60) allowing fans to use their tickets for any games against any opponent, a Friday package ($64) and a Sunday package ($56). All Louisville baseball mini plans as well as full season tickets can be purchased online atGoCards.com/bsbtickets, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m.

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Jeff Walz’s Daughter Steals The Show

Jeff Walz

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Jeff Walz may be a future Hall of Fame coach, and one of the best in the game, but his daughter is the real star of the family.

2019 DT Decommits From UofL Football

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2019 3 Star DT Malcolm Ray out of Carol City High School in FL has decommitted from UofL and is reopening his recruitment.

The 6’2 230 lbs Ray had chosen UofL over offers from Syracuse, Wake Forest, South Florida, UAB, and FIU.

This appears to be collateral damage from the loss of Cort Dennison as Dennison was Ray’s lead recruiter.It’s unknown at this time if Ray will still consider UofL.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Malcolm Ray all the best in his future endeavours.

UofL Football Hosting Signing Day Party

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Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:

Louisville Football to Host Signing Day Party
Head coach Bobby Petrino will introduce the entire class at a fan party in the Brown and Williamson Club.

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 National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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UofL Officially Announces Brian VanGorder As New Defensive Coordinator

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Reports popped up from various college football media outlets over the weekend that UofL Football Head Coach Bobby Petrino had found his new Defensive Coordinator in Brian VanGorder.

Today, UofL football officially announced VanGorder as UofL’s new DC.

VanGorder has been a DC at various stops collegiately including at Georgia, Auburn, and most recently at Notre Dame with various degrees of success. At Georgia, he was a recipient of the Broyles Award for the best assistant coach in the nation.

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Bracketology Update: Louisville Women Projected 1 Seed

Charlie Creme has released his weekly Bracketology update and the Cardinals, despite taking a loss to Florida State, is still en route to a 1 seed in the Lexington Region.

Other power house teams projected in the Lexington region include South Carolina, the defending National Champions, and Ohio State.

Western Kentucky is also protected in the region, along with fellow ACC member, Miami.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Wake Forest

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The Louisville Men’s Basketball team continued ACC play on Saturday night against Wake Forest. The Cards were looking to bounce back after letting a win against Miami slip through their hands. The Cards found what they were looking for, finishing the night with a 96-77 win and shooting 51% for the game.

Louisville was led by VJ King and Quentin Snider, who each had 15 points. Deng Adel contributed 14 points and Dwayne Sutton came off of the bench to score 13. Louisville got 42 points from their bench, but that’s not the only thing they supplied on Saturday night. The bench continued their trend of fantastic celebrations (see below) led by none other than Darius Perry.

As mentioned earlier the Cards shot 51% from the field, including 40% from 3 and 82% from the free throw line. Wake Forest did win the rebounding battle 39-32, but Louisville made up for it by forcing Wake into 20 turnovers, while only giving the ball up 7 times themselves.

The Cards return to action Wednesday the 31st when they travel to Virginia, a team that has been, in the words of Coach Padgett, their “Kryptonite”. The game is scheduled to start at 7 PM on ESPN 2.

Go Cards!

Asia Durr’s 26 Points Lifts Louisville To Victory Over Wake Forest

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Photo Credit: Scott Utterback/The Courier-Journal

 

The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals converted 22 Wake Forest turnovers into 28 points in the 89 – 52 beatdown.

After a crushing 50 – 49 loss to Florida State at home last Sunday, the Louisville Cardinals were determined to move past the lackadasial offensive effort.

Louisville did not disappoint. Sophomore Jazmine Jones scored the first eight points for the Cardinals, including back-to-back layups in less than 15 seconds. Louisville put on a fantastic offensive showcase in the first period, outscoring Wake Forest, 24 – 13.

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Louisville vs Wake Forest: Cards Bounce Back Against Struggling Deacons

Louisville trailed by 8 points early in the first half, but after the following timeout the Cards took control and never looked back en route to an emphatic 96-77 victory.

Louisville earned another crucial ACC win tonight and that’s all that matters. The fact that the Cardinal offense looked as good as it did tonight and the press looked to make a real impact on the outcome are things to focus on going forward.

Louisville was led by VJ King’s 15 points. Quentin Snider and Deng Adel each chipped in 14 points. However, those players weren’t needed for much of the 2nd half as reserves such as, Dwayne Sutton, Ryan McMahon and Darius Perry led the Cards as they pulled away.

Up next: Louisville travels to Virginia for a Wednesday night matchup against the 2nd ranked Cavaliers at 7pm on ESPN2.

Go Cards!

Jamon Brown Celebrity Golf Scramble

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As mentioned on ESPN Radio 93.9 this week, the 1st Annual Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity Golf Scramble, in partnership with the Coalition For the Homeless, will be Monday April 9th at Lake Forest Country Club. If you are interested in registering your team of four, or for Sponsorship information and opportunities, please visit https://t.co/YSOt4rhA0u, hit the “CONTACT” link and send us a message, and we will get you the needed information. We will have Celebrity guests that will be auctioned off to participate on the team of the winning Bidder! Should be an awesome event! #JBrownFoundation #JamonBrown #CoaltionfortheHomeless #LARAMS #LakeForestCountryClub

Louisville vs Wake Forest: Pregame Breakdown

Louisville hosts Wake Forest tonight at 8pm in the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville is coming off a tough OT road loss against Miami, but the Cards have looked the best they’ve looked all season since the start of 2018. Wake Forest, on the other hand, comes into this game on a 6-game losing streak and trying to find answers.

Louisville only sits as a 9-point favorite right now, which is surprising. Wake has played some close games during this losing streak, but against Duke (twice) and Virginia they’ve lost those 3 games by a combined 42 points. They lost star Center John Collins to the NBA and the void he left behind has caused issues since ACC play has begun.

Louisville is the better team and has been developing into a team that believes they can beat anyone. As long as the Cards don’t take Wake lightly, tonight’s game should end with another W in the column for Louisville.

Louisville 83 – Wake Forest 68

Go Cards!

Report: Brian VanGorder is the New Defensive Coordinator at U of L

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Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will take over as the new defensive coordinator at Louisville, according to a report from FootballScoop.com.

VanGorder, who last served as a defensive analyst for Oklahoma State in 2017, was expected to be Mike Gundy’s tenth assistant for the 2018 season. However, he has chosen to return to Petrino’s staff, where he was the linebackers coach in Petrino’s abridged season with the Atlanta Falcons.

VanGorder brings over 20 years of experience as a defensive coach, including multiple stints as a defensive coordinator. The Wayne State alum has been a defensive coordinator for Georgia (2001-04), Auburn (2012) and Notre Dame (2014-16), as well as the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars (2005) and Atlanta Falcons (2008-2011).

With the hire, VanGorder would be Louisville’s third defensive coordinator in as many seasons. Todd Grantham left Louisville to join Dan Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State in 2016, with Peter Sirmon taking over as the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals. After much scrutiny over his performance in 2017, Sirmon resigned as Louisville’s defensive coordinator, and has since found a spot at Cal as the linebackers coach.

VanGorder’s contract details are unknown at this time, and there has been no confirmation from U of L as of this posting. It’s unknown as to whether or not he’ll also fill the vacancy at linebackers coach, where Cort Dennison left for the same position at Oregon last weekend.

This story will be updated, as details roll in.