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Louisville at Notre Dame: Pregame Breakdown

Tonight, the Louisville Cardinals take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in South Bend at 7pm on ESPN2.

Louisville has a tough task ahead of them. The Cardinals are looking to extend their win streak on the road against a Notre Dame team needing to snap a losing streak. Add in the fact that Matt Farrell is expected to play despite an ankle injury and Louisville will have their hands full. However, the Irish will be with their star player, Bonzie Colson due to breaking a bone in his foot in practice.

Winning in South Bend has been something that even the best Cardinal teams couldn’t do. The 2013 team suffered their last loss of the season up there. It’s always a crazy environment and Notre Dame defends their homecourt well. This team actually lost their last home game against UNC, which puts more pressure on the Irish tonight.

Louisville has been playing its best basketball of the season lately. Notre Dame has fought well against good teams despite the absence of Bonzie Colson, but winning without him has proven to be difficult. This one stays tight throughout, Rex Pfleuger continues to annoy Louisville fans and Matt Farrell does Matt Farrell against Louisville things, but it won’t be enough. Louisville seals the game late behind another big performance from Deng Adel.

Louisville 74 – Notre Dame 70.

Go Cards!

Louisville at Notre Dame: Cards Win In South Bend

It took 2 overtimes, the game was ugly and some classic Notre Dame magic occurred, but Louisville earned their first win in South Bend since 1994. Louisville outlasted the Irish through a full 50 minutes of play to win with a final score of 82-78.

Louisville was led tonight by Ray Spalding’s double-double consisting of 23 points (career high) and 12 rebounds. Quentin Snider had an impressive game and showed up when it mattered most. The senior finished with 22 points and 7 assists. Deng Adel also had a quiet but important 14 points.

This game was huge for Louisville to win. Not only was it a tough road contest, but the fact the Cards continually got hit in the mouth and responded every time speaks volumes to how far this team has come. A few weeks ago very few people believed in this team and now they’ve done something UofL hasn’t been able to do since 1994.

4-1 in the ACC feels great. The way this team has responded since the UK game has been nothing short of incredible. Hopefully those with tickets will actually start going because this team has more than earned total fan support (as if they had to), so start going to the games.

Up next: Louisville hosts Boston College on Sunday at noon.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Virginia Tech: Pregame Breakdown


Coming off their first marquee victory at FSU, Louisville will look to add another one to the win column today against Virginia Tech at 4pm at the Yum! Center on ESPN2. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville at Florida State: Cardinals Earn First Big Win

Despite trailing by 13 points at halftime the Louisville Cardinals found a way to leave Tallahassee with a much-needed and well deserved ranked road win. Louisville fought the whole second half and continually chipped away at the Seminoles’ lead. Late in the game, the Cardinals scored to take their first lead and never looked back en route to a 73-69 win.

Louisville was led by Deng Adel with 16 points. In my opinion, it was the best game Adel has played all season and looked the leader this team needs him to be. Ray Spalding continued his good play with 15 points. Ryan McMahon was the spark the Cardinals needed, big props to Padgett for subbing him in late for VJ King. McMahon hit some huge threes down the stretch, including the two free throws that iced the game, he finished with 11 points. Anas Mahmoud came up huge for the Cards, specifically on the defensive end. He caught a monster alley-oop and had some big time blocks in the final moments.

This was the win Louisville needed, and needed badly. Padgett did a great job keeping his team focused on the game and staying resilient. This one was big people. The Cards host Virginia Tech on Saturday at 4pm on ESPN2.

Go Cards!

Louisville At Florida State: Pregame Breakdown

The Louisville Cardinals (11-4) travel to Tallahassee for tonight’s game at 9pm to take on the No. 23 Florida State Seminoles (12-3). FSU is currently a 6-point favorite and the game can be seen on the ACC Network.

Both teams enter tonight’s game coming off road losses to top-25 opponents. Louisville fell to Clemson and FSU lost to Miami. However, FSU has something Louisville doesn’t, a top-25 victory. Florida State knocked off UNC in the game before their loss at Miami, so the Seminoles are not to be taken lightly.

Florida State is led by guard play. Terance Mann leads the team with 14.5 points per game and fellow backcourt member Braian Angola isn’t far behind him at 13.3 points per game. Forward Phil Cofer carries his own load with 13.7 points per game. Angola is the X-factor in this game. He’s a solid shooter and worthy defender that can get hot from deep and change an entire game, however if his shot is off, he will continue to shoot right into the defense’s hands. If the Cards can force contested shots and get the Seminoles out of their rhythm then they will have a chance at the end to win this game.

Louisville hasn’t beaten a ranked road team in an unacceptable amount of time (I think back to 2014). People thought the Clemson loss was a bad one but in all reality it wasn’t at all. Louisville fought and led against a top-25 team on the road, but couldn’t finish the job. Tonight, the Cards break the losing streak against ranked road opponents.

Louisville 74- Florida State 72.

Go Cards!

Louisville at Clemson: Pregame Breakdown

Coming off their first ACC game/win, Louisville will look to get another first out of the way this season when they play their first ACC road game today. Louisville takes on No. 25 Clemson today at 12 on the ACC Network.

Clemson has won 9 games in a row entering today’s contest. Their lone loss (13-1) was early in the season against Temple, but since then they’ve been playing great basketball. 5 Clemson players average double-figures in scoring, so they’re a well-balanced team that can beat you with whoever has the hot hand.

Louisville will certainly be tested today, especially since their last road game didn’t exactly go well. In order to win, Louisville will have to hold 2 of Clemson’s 5 players that average 10+ PPG to less than 10 points.

This is the type of game the Cards need to win. Louisville needs to continue to move forward, play the same style of basketball that we saw against Pitt, and improve every game. This will be a tough one today, but I think the Cards put together a late run that puts the game out of reach with a few minutes left.

Prediction: Louisville 77-Clemson 67.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Pittsburgh: Postgame Recap

The Louisville Cardinals started the new year off the right way with a 77-51 win over visiting Pittsburgh.

The first media timeout was the only real time this game was in question, after that point the Cards took control and never looked back. Louisville led by double digits the entire second half.

Louisville was led by 19 points and 4 assists from Quentin Snider. Deng Adel had an efficient day with 12 points (5-8 FG) and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton continues to bring energy off the bench and did so by grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds tonight. Ryan McMahon also added a spark off the bench with 10 points in a perfect 4-4 shooting tonight.

All things considered, Louisville did what they needed to tonight and won impressively. I’ll say the same thing I said all week leading up to this game, the people saying Louisville is heading to the NIT are crazy. Louisville had one bad game against rival Kentucky and it was wildly blown out of proportion. Louisville will be fine and showed that tonight. No, Pittsburgh is not a very good team, but they’re also a classic NIT team and Louisville made them look like one tonight.

Up next: Louisville starts their 2-game road trip with a game at No. 25 Clemson on Saturday at 12pm.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Pittsburgh: Pregame Breakdown

The Louisville Cardinals (10-3) host Pittsburgh (8-6) tonight at 9pm on ESPNU. The Cardinals look to bounce back tonight after their last game against Kentucky, which left some scary impressions.

Pittsburgh is still struggling without former head coach Jamie Dixon (who has TCU playing as well as anyone in the nation, good move Pitt), so Louisville should be able to secure a much needed confidence booster tonight. Pittsburgh only averages 0.1 points per game more than they allow (68.7 PPG vs 68.6 PPGA).

Louisville is the better team tonight. By how many points, I’m not sure. I’m more interested in seeing how Q, Deng and the other leaders look after the last time we saw them.

Prediction: Louisville 75-Pittsburgh 61.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Mississippi State: Postgame Recap

The Louisville Cardinals fell to Mississippi State 31-27 today. Despite leading 21-17 at halftime, Louisville was unable to put Miss St away and Lamar Jackson’s Hail Mary heave fell incomplete to end the Cards’ season.

Louisville had numerous opportunities to the put the game out of reach, but turnovers and only scoring on 2 field goals in the 2nd half weren’t enough for the Cardinals to win.

In what could have been his last game as a Cardinal, Lamar didn’t have his normal day. He threw a career-high 4 interceptions, was 13-31 passing for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns and amassed 158 yards on 24 carries with 1 touchdown on the ground. Though not his best day and the scouts may point to this game instead of the countless others he was spectacular in, we all know how Lamar will go down in history if this was his last time as a Cardinal, for that, we are all eternally grateful.

Jaylen Smith led the Cards in receiving today with 7 receptions for 107 yards and 1 touchdown.

Thank you to all the seniors for your time as a Cardinal. Thank you to the guys who decide to leave early and good luck in all your future endeavors. Card fans will always support our own.

Go Cards!

Louisville @ Kentucky: Pregame Breakdown

The day we’ve all been looking forward to is here. In the state of Kentucky, this time of year has 3 days when the state celebrates: Christmas, New Year’s, and the biggest basketball rivalry game in the country.

Louisville travels to Lexington to take on the 16th ranked Wildcats today at 1pm, the game can be seen on CBS. Kentucky correctly sits as 5.5-point favorites.

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Louisville vs Grand Canyon: Pregame Breakdown

After surviving the scare Albany gave Louisville in their last game, the Cards will look to handle visiting Grand Canyon with more ease today. The game tips off at 1pm inside the Yum! Center.

Given the recent events surrounding the Louisville basketball program, it’s easy to forget about the last time these two teams played. The game was last year at Grand Canyon and the environment was crazy, the game was much closer than expected and Louisville barely walked out of there with a victory. No one can possibly forget about the famous Keonta Vernon dunk call either.

I don’t expect Louisville to have the trouble they did last year. Especially after the close game Albany gave them last time out. Louisville handles this one easily throughout.

Prediction: Louisville 81 – Grand Canyon 60.

Louisville vs Albany: Postgame Recap

It took the full 40 minutes and at times the outlook appeared bleak, but Louisville was able to defeat Albany by a final score of 70-68.

Louisville looked sluggish and disjointed for much of the game. In the end, they were the better team and did just enough to get by with a win. Louisville fought back from being down 3 points with just over 2 minutes left. It came down to the last shot with Albany missing a potential game-winning 3-pointer.

Louisville was led by Quentin Snider’s 19 points. Q appeared to injure his hip at the end of the game so hopefully there’s nothing serious there. Ryan McMahon scored 15 points on 5 three-pointers. Deng Adel added 13 points of his own, and while he didn’t score, Dwayne Sutton played a large role in the victory with a team-high 9 rebounds and stellar defense.

Up next: Louisville hosts Grand Canyon on Saturday at 1pm.

Louisville vs Albany: Pregame Breakdown

The Louisville Cardinals (8-2) host Albany (11-2) tonight at 9pm on ESPNU. Louisville is coming off their victory over Memphis and will look to continue its good play tonight against a decent opponent. Louisville is currently a 15-point favorite.

I say Albany is a decent opponent because of their record of consistently beating inferior opponents and only losing to Memphis by 9, but Louisville should come away with another large margin victory. Anas Mahmoud hasn’t been playing his best basketball recently but I can see him getting back into his flow tonight.

Prediction: Louisville 85-Albany 65.

Louisville vs Memphis: Postgame Recap

Louisville earned yet another victory in Madison Square Garden today by defeating Memphis 81-72.

Louisville jumped to an early lead and looked ready to pull away when they lead 28-19, but a Memphis run cued by Louisville mistakes tied the game at halftime 38-38. Louisville was clearly the better team, but Memphis wasn’t as bad as many pegged them to be. Louisville pulled away in the 2nd en route to a solid victory.

Louisville was led by Quentin Snider’s 19 points (6-8 FG) and 5 assists. VJ King scored 17 points (6-9 FG) with 4 assists. Deng Adel added 15 points of his own, all of which came from behind the 3-point line (5-8 3pt), and Ray Spalding had 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Up next: Louisville hosts Albany on Wednesday at 9pm on ESPNU.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Memphis: Pregame Breakdown

Igniting an old rivalry is always interesting. Today at noon on ESPN2, Louisville and Memphis (state) face-off in New York. Louisville is currently favored by 12.5 points.

To add to the interesting nature of today’s game, Memphis is coached by Tubby Smith. Tubby’s team this year is essentially brand new. Memphis lost multiple players not just to graduation, but to transfers as well. Many believe this could be a make or break year for Tubby’s future with Memphis.

It is a rivalry game, but most of the players on both teams probably don’t even understand why. Rivalry games can be sloppy and low-scoring, but I think Louisville is the superior team and it will show.

Prediction: Louisville 81-Memphis 69.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Bryant: Pregame Breakdown


Coming off their first win against a big name team, Louisville returns to the soft spot of their schedule tonight at home against Bryant (1-9). Louisville currently sits as 28.5-point favorites.

Louisville should have no problem tonight, obviously. The Cards drastically overmatch Bryant in every way, so taking care of business tonight should be a breeze.

Prediction: Louisville 90-Bryant 60.

Louisville vs Indiana: Postgame Recap

Despite trailing by 1 at halftime, Louisville took the lead on its first possession of the 2nd half and never looked back en route to a 71-62 win over visiting Indiana.

Louisville started the game slowly and found themselves down 25-15 with less than 10 minutes to go in the 1st half. The Cards began their run at that point and continued it throughout the game to get the team’s first “big” win of the year.

It was an all-around scoring effort from the Cards today, with 6 players contributing 7 points or more. Ray Spalding added another double-double to his name with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Anas Mahmoud chipped in 10 points, but fouled out. Deng Adel led the team with 16 points. Quentin Snider added 13 points of his own. And Freshman Malik Williams scored 9 points on 3 3-pointers in the first half to ignite the Cardinals’ run.

Up next: Louisville plays Bryant at home on Monday at 7pm on ESPNU.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Indiana: Pregame Breakdown

Today, Louisville will look to earn its first “big” win of the season. The Hoosiers of Indiana travel to the Yum! Center to take on the hometown Cardinals at 2pm on ESPN. Louisville is currently favored by 9 points.

This is Archie Miller’s first year in Bloomington and the talented young coach has had his struggles but is seeing improvement in a squad that lost 3 players from last year’s roster.

While I do believe Miller will have Indiana back in the national landscape at some point, I don’t think that process will begin today. In order to win today, Louisville will need to limit turnovers and extend their leads instead of allowing the Hoosiers to change momentum like Louisville has allowed several times this season.

Prediction: Louisville 74-Indiana 64.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Sienna: Postgame Recap

Louisville started the game slowly and only led 39-36 over Sienna at halftime, but a strong second half performance gave the Cards a comfortable 86-60 win.

Louisville looked sloppy for the majority of the first half and even trailed for a good chunk of time. Credit to David Padgett for making the necessary adjustments at halftime to put the Cards in the best chance to win.

Louisville was led by Anas Mahmoud with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 blocks. Ray Spalding added a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Quentin Snider emerged from his scoring slump to a tune of 16 points. Freshmen Jordan Nwora and Darius Perry provided a spark off the bench with 11 points and 7 points, respectively.

Up next: Louisville hosts Indiana on Saturday at 2pm, the game will be televised on ESPN.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Sienna: Pregame Breakdown

After dropping 2 games last week and falling from the rankings, Louisville looks to bounce back against an inferior Sienna team tonight at 7pm. Louisville, the home team, is favored by 23 points.

Louisville was tested twice last week against solid teams. Purdue and Seton Hall used their experience and physicality to beat the Cards, so tonight should be a refreshing change of pace.

Prediction: Louisville 84 – Sienna 65.

Go Cards!