Welcome back Card fans to your weekly review of Cardinal Sports! Your boy is back in the saddle and ready to get this started. So, without any further hesitations, let’s look back on the week!
In the only game our volleyball team played this past week, we fought hard, but ultimately fell to the 2nd ranked Pitt Panthers by a score of 1-3. Our Cards ended the regular season at 19 wins and 9 losses. With that being the regular season finale, you know what time it is? Its tourney time of course! I’m happy to report that our Cards received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. It is our 28th overall appearance in the tourney and we will be playing our first and second round games in nearby Bowling Green, KY along with Samford, Kennessaw State, and host #19 Western Kentucky. Our first round game will be against Samford (the auto-bid from the Southern Conference) on Thursday, December 5th at 6 PM. Should we win there, our next game will be on Friday at 8 PM against the winner of the Western Kentucky and Kennessaw State game. Congrats to our Cards for making it and let’s cheer them on as they begin their tournament play on Thursday!
ICYMI: Your Cards are #NCAAVB bound!!!
Cards take on Samford at 6pm ET on Thursday in Bowling Green, KY!
— Louisville Volleyball (@UofLVolleyball) December 2, 2019
𝟭𝘀𝘁 & 𝟮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀
📍 Bowling Green, KY
📅 Dec. 5-6
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 2, 2019
In the third round of the NCAA tournament, our Cards ran up against a juggernaut with the number two team in the country, the Georgetown Hoyas. Despite their best efforts, our Cards were eliminated from the tournament by a score of 1-5. We finished the season at 10 wins, 8 losses, and 2 ties. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year of sorts under the first-year head coach John Michael Hayden, we defied many expectations and made the tournament; even managing to make it to the third round. In fact, Hayden is the first coach in program history to lead a first-year team to at least two wins in the NCAA tournament. I consider this a successful season and I am so proud of our Cardinals on the pitch!
FINAL: Cards 1, Hoyas 5
Through the highs and the lows, you stuck with us every step of the way this season.
— Louisville Men's Soccer (@UofLmenssoccer) December 1, 2019
…And the one I was dreading talking about. Yes, we went down the road to that other team (UK) and got laughably beat. Yes, it was a 45-13 shellacking on their part and yes, I too, was among those who were disappointed in the end result. But at the end of the day, we are still 7-5 on the year and we came in second place in our division. Furthermore, we have found not only a star in our WR (Tutu), but also a star in our RB (Hawkins). We also got a dang good man and an even better coach to lead our Cards for years to come in Scott Satterfield. This comes after a year in which the program hit rock bottom. I am proud of these Cards and I am excited to see where we will be going to play our bowl game (my money is firmly on the Music City Bowl)!
Kentucky 45, Louisville 13.
— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) November 30, 2019
Track & Field
The indoor track season is upon us folks! Our Cards will be traveling to the Boston Opener this Saturday, December 7th. Make sure to come back here next week and we will have the full results from that event!
— Louisville XC / T&F (@UofLTrackXC) November 23, 2019
#1 Men’s Basketball
Our only game on the men’s side this past week was a neutral court tilt versus the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky in Nashville, Tennessee. While I am not even going to go into details about the absolute madness that the game was streamed live only on Facebook, what matters is that we came home with the W, 71-54. With that win, combined with the historic Duke loss, the Cards have risen to become the #1 team in college basketball (for the first time since 2013), and now stand at 7-0 (1-0 conference) on the season.
On Tuesday, December 3rd, get ready for whiteout at the Yum! We will be hosting the #4 and undefeated Michigan Wolverines as part of the ACC/Big-10 Challenge. The game will tip off around 7:30 PM and for those not attending, the game will be available to watch on ESPN.
On Friday, December 6th there will be another home game which is an early conference tilt vs the Pitt Panthers. They are not to be taken lightly in the slightest, as they are the only team to beat a pretty impressive Florida State team. The game will tip off around 9 PM and for those not attending, it will be available to watch on the ACC Network.
#2 Women’s Basketball
The number 8 ranked Cardinals traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam. They played three games there and wouldn’t you know it, they took home 3 Ws! First, they beat UT Arlington 76-67. Then, they were able to triumph over OK State 69-48. Then, on Saturday, a day when we were all in lousy moods, our Cards pulled off a big win over the #1 (now ranked #3 in the country) Oregon Ducks (and next year’s number 1 overall WNBA draft pick Sabrina Ionescu) by a score of 72-62! Congrats to our Cards on a very successful three days! (Once again not going to go into a huge rant, but the fact that a 1 vs 8 matchup was broadcast on a very low-subscribed service hidden behind a 30 dollar paywall was just a travesty! Let these athletes and great games be seen by the masses!)
— Louisville WBB (@UofLWBB) November 30, 2019
On Thursday, December 5th, we will be traveling to Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game will tip off around 8 PM, and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. DO NOT take this game lightly folks. Ohio State may only be 4-3, but they are well-coached and will not be afraid!
Following on Sunday, December 8th, we will be traveling again, this time to an in-state opponent in the Norse of Northern Kentucky. The game will tip off around 2 PM and unfortunately, as of this writing, has not been announced to air on any TV station.
Well, Card fans, that’s all for this week! I will see you all next week. As always, Go Cards, and L’s Up!