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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Grand Canyon

Anas Mahmoud / Louie

The Cards came into their game on Saturday afternoon looking for an early Christmas present. Their wish was granted when they ran away with a 74-56 victory over Grand Canyon. The Cards fought through poor shooting all night long. They ended up shooting only 4-19 (21%) from 3 and 44% overall. However, the Cards greatly improved their rebounding compared to the previous game. Grand Canyon was out rebounded 41-35 and the Cards only gave up 12 offensive rebounds for 7 second chance points. That is still more offensive rebounds than Coach Padgett would like to surrender, but it is moving in the right direction.

Ray Spalding was the stand out performer on Saturday afternoon. Ray finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Deng Adel had 14 points, while Quentin Snider had 12 points and 5 assists. Coach Padgett said after the game that his team has not even started preparing for the game against Kentucky, because thy were worried about Grand Canyon. The team will take a few days off and players will go home for the holidays. They will be back to practice before the rivalry game on Friday.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Albany

Louie

The Louisville Men’s Basketball team were caught in a dogfight late in the second half against Albany on Wednesday night. The Cards led for most of the game, but Albany fought their way back and had a lead in the final minutes of the game. The Cards ended up pulling out a 70-68 victory, thanks to a late three-pointer by Ryan McMahon and a free throw by Darius Perry.

Louisville was beaten down on the boards by Albany. The Cards were out rebounded 37-52 and they gave up 21 offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, Louisville only had 7 offensive rebounds and 0 second chance points. On the positive side, Louisville limited their turnovers to 7 and had 10 blocks as a team.

The Cards were led by Quentin Snider, who had 19 points and Ryan McMahon who had 15 points. Anas Mahmoud had 9 blocks to go along with his 9 points and 7 rebounds. Ray Spalding struggled with foul trouble and never really got into a rhythm. However, Ray hit a hook shot late in the clock and had a deflection that gave the ball back to the Cards.

Louisville will be back in action this Saturday at 1:00 PM at the KFC Yum! Center. They will be facing a Grand Canyon team that gave them a very competitive game last year.

Go Cards!

Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Bryant

Ray Spalding / Deng Adel / VJ King

The Louisville Men’s basketball team looked to continue their winning ways after beating Indiana last Saturday. On Monday night, they faced a Bryant team that came into the game with a 1-9 record. The Cards ended up dominating the game, which ended with a score of 102-59. The Cards dominated every facet of the game. They out-rebounded Bryant 46-29 and only allowed their opponent to shoot 34%, while shooting 56% themselves.

Three Louisville players led the team with 17 points. Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snider all had 17 and Mahmoud chipped in 9 rebounds as well. Freshman Lance Thomas came in and gave the Cards a good spark in his 10 minutes. Thomas ended up scoring 10 points, along with 7 rebounds. Ray Spalding also had a good game with 11 points, including a beautiful alley-oop finish, and 9 rebounds.

The Cards are back in action this Saturday at Noon against Memphis in New York City.

Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Siena

The Cards needed something positive to happen after back to back close losses. Luckily, the Cards faced off against Siena Wednesday night and came away with a 86-60 victory. The game was close for the entire first half with Siena only leading for three and a half minutes, but only trailing by 3 at the half. The Cards pulled away in the 2nd half thanks to a couple scoring runs.

The star of the night for Louisville was Anas Mahmoud. He finished the night with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 blocks, 1 block away from a triple double. Coach Padgett said he wasn’t aware Mahmoud only needed one more block until he had taken Mahmoud out of the game for the final time. Quentin Snider got his offense going with 16 points and Ray Spalding chipped in a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

This was Louisville’s first game of the Gotham Classic. They will also play Memphis, Albany and Bryant as part of the tournament. However, Louisville will take a break from the tournament to host Indiana this Saturday at 2:00 PM.

 

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Photo Gallery: Football vs. Kentucky

The Louisville football team finished off the regular season with a win over rival Kentucky on Saturday. The Cards won by a score of 44-17 to bring their record to 8-4. Louisville dominated the Wildcats and the game was never in doubt. Louisville racked up 562 yards of offense, while giving up 338 yards on defense. UK running back Benny Snell accounted for most of the offense with 211 rushing yards and 2 TD’s.

Lamar Jackson was sensational yet again, putting up 216 pass yards and 2 TD’s, along with 160 yards rushing. Senior Reggie Bonnafon had 64 rushing yards and 2 scores, while Dae Williams had 62 yards and one score. Dez Fitzpatrick and Jaylen Smith both had receiving touchdowns.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. St. Francis

The Louisville Men’s Basketball team finished off their streak of 4 home games with a 84-72 win over St. Francis on Friday night. St. Francis played a small, quick lineup that gave the Cards some fits on the defensive end. The Cards allowed St. Francis to shoot 45% from the field and 47% from 3. Louisville held an 11 point lead at halftime and only out scored St. Francis by 1 point in the second half.

The Cards were led by Ray Spalding, who put together his most impressive performance of the season. Spalding had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Every starter scored double figures and freshman Jordan Nwora joined in with 10 points of his own. Coach Padgett continued to emphasize that his team is missing open shots (9-25 from 3) and that he is encouraging them to keep shooting. Padgett also said that his team is going to have to rely on their defense to win games this year when the shots aren’t falling.

The Cards face their toughest test of the young season this Tuesday when they travel to Purdue.

Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Southern Illinois

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on Tuesday night with a 84-42 win over Southern Illinois University. The Cards fought through a sluggish start on the offensive end to eventually double up their opponent on the scoreboard. Louisville shot just 1-12 from 3 in the first half, but they recovered to shoot 7-14 in the second half. Coach Padgett reiterated the point that his guys were getting good looks in the first half, but the shots just weren’t falling. The Cards finished the game shooting 44.9% overall and an impressive 93% from the free throw line.

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Photo Gallery: WBB vs. Oregon

The #5 ranked Louisville women’s basketball team took on #10 ranked Oregon on Sunday in the Championship of the Preseason Women’s NIT. The Cards were able to take down the Ducks by a final score of 74-61. The Cards were in control the entire game, with Oregon’s only lead coming very early in the first quarter.

Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen led the way for the Cards and both earned all tournament accolades. Durr was the leading scorer with 26, while Hines-Allen contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Omaha

The Louisville Men’s Basketball team faced off against the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday night in front of a crowd that was 18,000 strong. The Cards pushed through late challenge by the Durangos to win by a score of 87-78. The Cards led by 20 early in the second half, but Omaha pulled within 10 thanks to a 53 point second half.

Coach Padgett was not satisfied with the defense of his team, saying he saw too much ball watching and not enough defensive intensity. Louisville did have 15 blocks as a team, 8 of which belonged to Anas Mahmoud. They also out rebounded Omaha 53-41, but Louisville gave up 22 offensive rebounds and 17 second chance points.

The Cards were led by Deng Adel with 21 points and Ray Spalding with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Perhaps the biggest improvement for the Cards came from the free throw line. They shot 19-22 (86%) tonight, including 5-5 from the line from freshman Darius Perry.

Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center next Tuesday to take on Southern Illinois at 7:00 PM.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. George Mason

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The Louisville men’s basketball team officially opened the season on Sunday with a 72-61 win over George Mason. Coach David Padgett secured his first victory as a head coach, but it was not without frustration and adversity.

George Mason gave the Cards everything that they could handle. The Patriots came out and tested Louisville straight from the jump. George Mason took a 3 point lead into halftime and actually had a lead for 22 minutes of game time, 9 more minutes than Louisville led. The Cards shooting only 28% from the field and 1 of 10 from 3 helped George Mason hold on to their lead. Louisville’s offense bounced back in the second half, with the Cards shooting 70%, including 7 of 10 from 3 in the second half.

Deng Adel led the Cardinals with 20 points, but the spotlight was stolen by a couple of freshmen. Darius Perry (17 pts) and Jordan Nwora (10 pts) sparked the Louisville offense by each shooting a perfect 3 for 3 from the floor. Perry’s 17 points were the most points in a debut for a Louisville freshman since Samardo Samuels had 18 in 2008.

The Cards return to the KFC Yum! Center this Friday at 7:00 PM to take on the University of Nebraska Omaha.