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Press release from the University of Louisville:
GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Louisville juniors Deng Adel and Ray Spalding along with sophomore V.J. King and freshman Jordan Nwora were named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team announced Wednesday by the ACC. Adel and Spalding earn the honor for the third straight time while King earns it for the second straight season.
Adel, a sports administration major, currently leads the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game.
He has been the Cardinals’ scoring leader in 11 games. Adel, who is 13th in the ACC in scoring, has seven 20-point scoring efforts in his last 31 games, including five this season. A preseason All-ACC selection (second team), Adel is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award.
Coach Jeff Walz is the 2018 ACC Coach of the Year.
This marks Coach Walz’s first Coach of the Year honor.
Under Coach Walz, the Cardinals are 29 – 2 this season, a program-best. Louisville earned its first ACC Regular Season Title despite returning only two starters from a season ago.
No surprise here. Asia Durr is your 2018 ACC Player of the Year.
The Douglasville, Georgia native was also tabbed the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
The selection of Durr marks the second time in three years that a Louisville player has earned the title. In 2015-16, Myisha Hines-Allen took home the honor.
Here are some photos from Louisville’s 6-4 win over Xavier.
Last year, Louisville sealed its birth to the NCAA Super Regional with an 8-7 win over Xavier. Though not as high-stakes as that meeting last June, both teams found themselves in a tight contest once again.
A go-ahead two-run homer from Justin Lavey in the seventh inning was the difference for #10 Louisville (8-0), as the Cardinals pulled out a 6-4 win over Xavier (3-5).
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Asia Durr, Myisha Hines-Allen and Dana Evans have earned All ACC honors.
Durr and Hines-Allen both earned All ACC First Team Honors from both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league head coaches.
Dana Evans earned a spot on the All Freshman Team.
The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the latest AP Poll, are the number one overall seed going into this weeks ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.
It’s still a long way to go before Louisville matches its 19-0 start from last year, but they have had an impressive run to begin its 2018 campaign.
Louisville (7-0) enters this week ranked as high as tenth (per Collegiate Baseball Newspaper), and remains undefeated after last weekend’s sweep of Youngstown State.
Stats & Trends
Devin Mann has had an impressive start to this junior season, tied for the team lead in batting average (.391) after seven games. He also leads the team in home runs (two), slugging percentage (.652), and his 14 RBIs currently put him in an eight-way tie for 12th in the NCAA.
Two newcomers that have been impressive in the opening weeks are outfielders Drew Campbell and Ethan Stringer. Both are averaging over .300 at the plate (.389 and .308, respectively), and had quality outings last week. Campbell finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs in Sunday’s win against Youngstown State, and is one of two qualified batters in Louisville’s lineup with a recorded triple. Stringer went 3-for-11 with four RBIs and two doubles in the series against the Penguins, and currently leads the team with four doubles. Though not a newcomer, Jake Snider also leads the team in batting average (.391) and stolen bases (five).
This weekend was a busy weekend for the Cardinals in Orlando, Florida competing in the D9 Citrus Classic. Here is how they fared over the weekend.
Game 1 vs Lehigh:
The offense exploded on the scene for the Cardinals as they won 14-1. Sophomore Caitlin Ferguson went 3-3 with 3 RBIs. Megan Hensley started for the Cards and pitched a solid three innings. Freshman Danielle Watson came in for relief of Hensley and pitched the remaining of the game to pick up the win. This was her 5th win on the season.
Cards: 14 Lehigh: 1
What a way to send out lone senior Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals, with a 15 – 1 league record, are the 2018 ACC Regular Season Co-Champions. Louisville and Notre Dame finished with the same record. However, Louisville owns the tiebreaker over the Fighting Irish and will enter the ACC Tournament as the One Seed. Read the rest of this entry
With it’s 81 – 49 victory over the Pitt Panthers, the Louisville Cardinals clinched its first ACC Regular Season Title.
Check out the team as they cut the net.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals clinched not only the ACC Regular Season Title, but also the # 1 overall seed for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Louisville finished the season with a 15 – 1 conference record and held the tiebreaker over the 15 – 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Cardinals will have a double-by, playing its first game on Friday, March 2nd.
As it’s set, Louisville will face the winner of Game 5 between # 8 Syracuse and # 9 Virginia Tech.
The no. 4 Louisville Cardinals clinched the ACC Regular Season Championship with an 81 – 49 victory over the Pitt Panthers.
Undoubtedly, the Cardinals will enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, as it owns the tie breaker over Notre Dame. Louisville has not won a conference championship since 2001, in its Conference USA days. The Cardinals’ 15 – 1 league record matches its best all-time ACC record in 2015-2016. However, that season the Cardinals finished second in the conference heading into the ACC Tournament.
“It’s something we talked about, building a program and not just a team.” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “I think we have done that over 11 years. We’ve turned this into a nationally known program that’s going to be there year in and year out.”
The Cardinals were nearly unstoppable in the first period. Unlike its last few games, Louisville came out hot. The Cardinals knocked down nine field goals on eight assists, while shooting 64%.
Jazmine Jones and Sam Fuehring kicked things off for Louisville grabbing its first eight points. After going 0-of-2 in the first few minutes, Asia Durr finally connected on a triple. Durr’s first points of the game lead Louisville on an 8 – 0 run, which included another Asia triple and a bucket by Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals took an early 16 – 6 lead over the Panthers and forced Pitt to burn a timeout with 4:40 remaining in the frame.
Louisville set the tone in the first five minutes, dishing out seven assists on seven made field goals and shooting 70%. The Cardinals finished the quarter with a 20 – 12 advantage.
Louisville, again, came out strong behind Hines-Allen and Durr, outscoring Pitt, 12 – 2, to a 32 – 14 lead. Louisville’s dynamic duo combined for 14 of the Cardinals 18 second period points.
However, Pitt began to chip away at the Cardinals’ lead getting out on a 6 – 0 run, while forcing five Louisville turnovers. The Panthers held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly four minutes. Pitt was able to bring the score within 16 points at the half, 38 – 22.
“We’re shooting about 60% from the field and then we have five turnovers right there in the last four minutes, five minutes of the second quarter,” Coach Walz said. “So I gave them the old math quiz, ‘if we get shots instead of turnovers, how many shots are we going to make if we’re shooting 60%’.”
He continued, “I tried to explain instead of being up 16, you’re up 22 just by getting shots instead of throwing the ball out of bounds and getting sloppy with it.”
Pitt attempted to build on the momentum it began to build before the half. The Panthers were able to hang with the Cardinals for the first five minutes of the second half, both teams collecting eight points into the media timeout. Out of the break, Pitt held Louisville without a field goal for nearly two and a half minutes and cut the Cardinals lead to 12.
But, Louisville responded finishing the third behind an 11 – 1 run to take a 61 – 39 lead.
“When they play with emotion like they did today, they are even more dangerous.” Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “We just didn’t have enough to battle with the intensity, the emotion they played with today.”
Louisville’s intensity was clear in the final period. The Cardinals outscored the Panthers 20 – 10 and closed the game behind a 10 – 0 run.
With the victory, on Hines-Allen’s senior day, the Cardinals finish the regular season 15 – 1 in conference play and 29 – 2 overall.
“This is the hardest that I’ve pushed a team in the regular season,” Coach Walz told the media. “Once we came out here and we beat Notre Dame here at home, everything was in front of us. I pushed them hard and they have responded.”
The Cardinals had three players notch double-figures: Asia Durr led all scorers with 20 points and six assists. Myisha Hines-Allen played with emotion on her senior day, earning her 43rd career double-double on 18 points – on 58% shooting – and 16 rebounds. The senior also dished out four assists. Junior Sam Fuehring grabbed her fourth career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Panthers, two players collected double-digits: Yacine Diop paced Pitt with 18 points, while Jasmine Whitney added 16 points.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals head out to Greensboro, North Carolina for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Cardinals will face the winner of Game 5 between # 8 Syracuse and # 9 Virginia Tech on Friday, March 2nd at 2 PM.
Down 28-18, it felt as though the Cards had dug themselves another hole too deep to climb out of. Thanks to the efforts of Snider, Spalding, Sutton, Adel and Perry, the Cards fought back and earned a huge road victory by a final score of 75-68 over Virginia Tech.
This win served many purposes. The Cards climbed the ACC standings with the win, earned a much needed victory on the road, persevered through a tumultuous situation in a hostile environment and threw their names back into the NCAA tournament (for now).
Louisville was led by Quentin Snider’s 22 points (7 threes), 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton earned his first start and made the most of it with 17 points and 11 rebounds to go along with stellar hustle and defense. Sutton was the X-factor today. Ray Spalding had some monstrous dunks within his 12 point and 7 rebound performance. Deng Adel didn’t shoot the ball well today..at all. However, Deng had a huge impact on the game with a near triple-double of 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Darius Perry also played some great defense with a lot of his usual intensity and hit a huge 3 late in the game. He finished with 8 points.
This win couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s been a long week, the Cards desperately needed a win, and this placed the Cards back in the talk for the 4-seed in the ACC tournament. Great win, brag about it all day.
Up next: the Cards host Virginia on March 1st at 8pm.
Looking to solidify their tournament bid, Louisville travels to Virginia Tech to take on the Hokies at 1pm on CBS.
The last time these two teams met, Louisville won in the Yum! Center by a score of 94-86. As far as tomorrow goes, if Louisville gives up 86 points the outcome will not favor the Cards. Louisville’s offense has looked stagnant and forced, while their defense has been shotty (no, not a typo) at best.
Louisville desperately needs to win this game, for many reasons. The Cardinals are searching for answers, while most teams are hitting their stride – time is running out. With 3 games left, Louisville finds itself at 18-10 searching to get to the 20-win mark for bid assurance.
I appreciate this team very much. They’ve paid for many mistakes they didn’t commit and are still fighting despite the odds being stacked against them. After this game, Louisville will be back on track with a solid road win.
Louisville 85 – Virginia Tech 79
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Field’s Twitter Account (@CoachField)
UofL Football recruited the state of Florida, especially south Florida, well. The man who had a huge influence on this was south Florida native Stephen Field. He and the rest of the staff brought in possibly UofL’s best ever recruiting class with a good number of the recruits from Florida.
It was announced today that Coach Field was leaving UofL for a position on Oregon’s staff. There he will reunite with Cort Dennison.
In April of last year, Field was hired to the position of “Director of High School Relations” for UofL. Judging by the talent in this class, he did an excellent job in that role.
Coach Field was kind enough to tweet out a nice good-bye to the UofL community proving what a classy man he is.
UofL has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Coach Field. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Coach Field all the best at his new home.
Photo Courtesy of Associated Press and deseretnews.com
Tonight in Salt Lake City, UT past and present came together as Cards and Jazz Legend Darrell Griffith presented former Card and current Jazz player Donovan Mitchell with his Slam Dunk Championship trophy.
It was an awesome sight to behold for any UofL fan; arguably the greatest player in UofL history and a man whose number hangs in the rafters of the Jazz’s arena, giving love to a former UofL star and a man whose number may one day hang with his.
After the week we UofL fans have had, we deserve this kind of sentimental and wonderful thing. It’s awesome to see two men who are L1C4 to the core get to share a special moment together in a place where one is a legend and one is working on becoming one.
Photo Courtesy of Sports Illustrated’s Twitter Account (@SInow)
When news broke Tuesday that UofL Men’s Basketball was being stripped of its 2013 National Championship, Donovan Mitchell was as upset as all UofL fans. On Wednesday, he announced he was going to wear special UofL themed sneakers in his game tonight for the Utah Jazz. We now have photographic confirmation he is wearing the shoes.
Notice that Donovan added the names of every single player from the 2013 title team on the side of the shoes. He also added the number “2013” on the back left shoe and the word “Champs” on the back of the right shoe. And boy are they some sweet looking kicks.
Donovan wanted to pay homage to a special group of players, to his former coach, to his alma mater, and to all of the UofL fans. Donovan is a star in the making in the NBA. It’s awesome to know that no matter what he’s always L1C4.
The 2018 football spring game and schedule have been announced! Open practice days are not known at this time. Once those dates are announced, this story will be updated.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals used its defense to get past the Virginia Cavaliers in a 51 – 39 decision.
Louisville and Virginia battled through much of the first quarter. With 3:14 remaining in the first frame, the Cardinals and the Cavaliers were tied at 11. But, a pair of free throw shots from Bianca Dunham pushed Louisville ahead, 13 – 11. The Cavaliers would not come closer than four points the remainder of the match.
The FBI investigation that took down Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino has always promised that Rick was just the tip of the iceberg. (Credit Keith for the reference, kinda) Earlier this week a spreadsheet that would validate that was being speculated on. This morning parts of that began to leak. Yahoo.com & Louisville resident Pat Forde released info on the spreadsheet & brought new information to light. Here’s the link to the local fanboys interview. (Suck it, Dakich).
My cousin who’s a diehard uk fan asked if they could vacate this season since Knox is on this list.