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Per Gocards.com –
Coming off his 10th season leading the University of Louisville women’s basketball team, Walz guided the program to its seventh Sweet 16 appearance. He boasts a 263-93 (.739) mark with the Cardinals over that timeframe, directing the program to a pair of national runner-up finishes.
In 2014 and 2015, Walz was selected to serve as an assistant coach with USA Basketball. He helped both teams capture gold medals, going a combined 12-0 in competition.
In the days after the 2017 Spring game, I have asked many people what was their take on the Spring Game attendance. Would you go if it were on a different day? Different time of day? Is it important to you? What kept you from going? Read the rest of this entry
The Louisville Cardinals had 4 signees participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic basketball game held at Freedom Hall on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,812. This was many fans first and last chance to see them before they put on a Cardinal uniform. You can’t judge what type of player they will be in college by their performance in this game. You can, however, judge their personality and character.
Darius Perry was not even originally scheduled to be a participant in the KDF Dunk Contest but when Lance Thomas decided not to do it, Darius stepped up and made it to the finals. He didn’t win but his attempts are worth watching especially since he had help with future teammate (I hope), Donovan Mitchell. Darius played a nice game and scored 22 points in front of a crowd of 4,812 in Freedom Hall. Here are some pictures and videos of Darius. Full photo gallery from the game will be posted soon so please check back with us for photos of all 4 future Cards. Read the rest of this entry
The Ky Derby Festival night of Future Stars was held tonight in New Albany at Indiana University Southeast. The athletes competed in 2 on 2 competition, 3 point and dunk contests. The finals of the 3 point and dunk contests will be held tomorrow night at halftime of the Derby Festival Classic held at Freedom Hall. Louisville commit, Darius Perry, made the finals of the dunk contest after hammering home the final dunk of the night. It was a dunk that Donovan Mitchell told him to try. Perry also told me that Mitchell gave him a dunk to try in the finals but wouldn’t reveal what dunk he will attempt. Donovan and Deng Adel both were both in attendance tonight for the dunk contest. Read the rest of this entry
Most of these ranking will change after the NBA declaration deadline but until we know who stays and who goes,we can just speculate and enjoy these projected rankings. I believe Louisville will be top 5 regardless of who decides to turn pro. But for now just check out the latest preseason projection and think about next year. Read the rest of this entry
From UofL – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game and Fan Fest
Saturday, April 15 | FREE Admission
8:00 a.m. – Parking lots open
10:00 a.m. – Fan Fest opens
The day begins at 10 a.m. in StreetFest with Fan Fest entertainment and carnival rides. Located between stadium Gates 3 and 5, the StreetFest area will feature food vendors, beer and drink specials, plus music and family-friendly games and rides. Cardinal Authentic – the team store of the Louisville Cardinals – will host a blow-out sale in StreetFest where fans can purchase officially-licensed merchandise for up to 50 percent off. Tickets for the carnival rides will be sold per ride or an all-day pass can also be purchased.
12:00 p.m. – Stadium Gates Open
Gates will open at noon with draft specials available throughout the game on the Norton Healthcare Terrace for only $2. Fans that arrive early to the game can pick up the limited edition Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game schedule poster at the gates with a minimum donation of $2 to the Dave Thomas Foundation.
1:00 p.m. – Kickoff
The Cardinals will hold its annual red vs. white game with the team being divided into two squads. During halftime, Louisville will recognize its most recent football alumni by presenting last season’s team awards, including the 2016 MVP.
FOX SPORTS AND WDRB TO TELEVISE
DERBY FESTIVAL ALL-STAR GAME
FINAL ROSTERS INCLUDE UK, UofL and IU RECRUITS
Press release from KDF,
April 6, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Basketball fans around the world will be able to tune-in to see next year’s freshman class of basketball all-stars when FS2 and WDRB televise the Derby Festival Basketball Classic Presented by Papa John’s on Saturday, April 15 at Freedom Hall. This year’s roster features top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signee Justin Smith. WDRB and FS2 will present the game, and it will also be streamed live on FOX Sports GO.
“This game generates an incredible amount of interest year after year because of the opportunity it provides to see the future stars of our local universities in action for the first time,” Said WDRB President and General Manager Bill Lamb. “The addition of the FOX Sports telecast, will allow even more fans to tune-in to see their future basketball stars.”
”We’re excited to showcase some of the nation’s top future basketball stars to a national audience on FS2 and FOX Sports GO,” said Josh Oakley, FOX Sports Executive Director, Acquisitions and League Operations. “The Derby Festival Basketball Classic is a great chance for viewers to get the first look at some of the players who are sure to be making headlines in the next years to come.”
The Basketball Classic game tips off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Freedom Hall. First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The event is not unlike the NBA All-Star weekend, with spotlights and lively music.
Said Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry: “Having a national telecast of the game will allow more fans than ever to get a sneak peek at players who will become household names within the next couple of years. We’re very excited about being able to showcase these stars-in-the-making.”
The Derby Festival Basketball Classic has showcased some of the nation’s finest high school talent before the players move onto to stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. Players such as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley, among many others.
Tickets are $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the game and 2017 Pegasus Pins will allow for free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars, which will be held on Friday, April 14, at Indiana University Southeast.
FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsor Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM, and SLAM Magazine. Supporting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods.
I attended the third and final open football practice on Tuesday afternoon. My goal was to bring you pictures from what I saw accompanied with my thoughts on how the team looked and what you might be interested in. Moments into warm-ups, I was approached and told there was no photography allowed. I tried explaining that millions of Nunnsense and Cardinal fans would be disappointed but my plea fell upon deaf ears and the no photography order remained in place. So I will just tell you what I witnessed with the promise of bringing Spring Game photos in about 10 days or so. Thanks for understanding. That’s why I love you Card family.
The first thing that stood out to me is running back Dae Williams. His size is unbelievable. He has been compared to a young Michael Bush as far as physical structure. To me, the red-shirt freshman resembles a young Marshawn Lynch. Maybe it’s just the combination of the hair hanging out the back of the helmet and the power beastmode style of running. Whatever it is, it caught my eye and I liked what I saw. Although there was basically no contact, he still hit the holes with authority and never dodged a would be tackler. I think this guy would run through a wall for you. He is the perfect fit for the Petrino pro-style offense that loves the power back. He also caught a lot of balls in this practice. I never saw him drop, or ever bobble a pass no matter if it came from Lamar of Jawon. Jeremy Smith was not on the practice field and I couldn’t get an explanation as to why, so big #40 took most of the first-team reps.
The second thing that stood out to me was the defense. It’s so hard to tell what the play or drill was supposed to be in a practice but the whole day just had the vibe that the defense was getting the better of the offense. Not sure if they were practicing short passes or defensive coverage was that good but it seemed the quarterbacks had to check down and throw a lot of short passes. The usual suspects remained at their spots but I noticed the absence of Chucky Williams. Not sure why he was not out there but P.J. Blue filled in nicely at safety. I think P.J. is going to see a lot of playing time and I am happy about that.
Stacy Thomas had a nice interception of Jawon Pass and nearly held on to a second interception. He is poised for a big year.
The receivers on this team are a dream come true for Lamar. Jaylen Smith is still out recovering from a broken foot so other receivers are getting a chance to prove themselves. Javonte Bagley continues to look good this spring.I really enjoyed watching Dez Fitzpatrick go up against Jaire Alexander. You want to be a better receiver? Go practice against the best cover corner in college football. Dez did exactly that and did it well. This kid runs such clean and precise routes and has the ability and size to go get the ball at it’s highest point. He is definitely going to be a super star before he heads to the NFL. But the receiver who looked the best was Seth Dawkins. I can’t count how many passes he caught. I didn’t see him drop a pass all day. Having Jaylen on one side with Seth on the other and Reggie in the slot will make for many sleepless nights for ACC defensive coordinators.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, C.J. Avery is a beast. This kid is an early enrolee. He should still be in high school getting ready for prom. Instead he is out there looking like he has been here for 3 years. He is a physical specimen and he just looks like he wants to hit somebody. Keep an eye out for #9 on defense this year. I’d say he end up starting at the “star” position. I think that’s great news for the good guys and terrible news for the bad guys.
I think it shows just how far this program has come and how many great prospects are on this team when you don’t even hardly notice that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is just out there flinging balls around. Yes. Lamar looked great and you would think that most of the 200 people in attendance were there just to see him but most people came out to see the whole team. I know they lost a lot on defense and the offensive line was, well, offensive last year but I truly believe that this team has the potential to be right there on the verge of the playoffs again this year.
I hope to see all of you out at the Spring Game on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00.
As Always, GO CARDS!
C.J. Avery and Cornelius Sturghill talk after spring practice #9.
The college basketball season is officially over. Is it too early to talk about next season? Absolutely not. It appears many national publications and pundits agree as they are starting to release their early predictions for the ’17-’18 season. I think you are going to like what most of them are saying. Here is a few of them….. Read the rest of this entry
Just a friendly reminder that the annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game is on Saturday, April 15 at 1p.m. in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Details of the day have not been released yet but if the set up is like last year then the day will begin at 10 a.m. in StreetFest with live entertainment and carnival rides. Last year it was located between stadium Gates 3 and 5 and the StreetFest area featured food vendors, beer and drink specials, live music and family friendly games and rides. There was also an autograph session for 45 minutes after the scrimmage on the field.
Once details are released we will have them for you. Until then enjoy this video to get you ready for the Spring Game. Remember, this will be your last chance to see the team until open practices in August so get out and support the Cards.
Sean Moth sits down and catches up with Card forever and current Cincinnati Red, Adam Duvall. They talk about his journey to Louisville and his All-Star game experience as well as the Home Run Derby. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry
The Cards fell to Notre Dame in game 2 of a 3 game series at Ulmer Stadium. There was a great crowd on a beautiful day. It was youth day and all kids 12 and under received a free t-shirt. The Cards made it interesting in the last inning. They were down 6-2, when they scored 2 and then had 2 on with 2 outs. Despite the loss. the ladies stayed and signed autographs for every fan that wanted one. The Cards were sitting just outside the top 25 while receiving votes in the last poll. They have a chance to rebound and win the last game in the series on Monday at 7pm. Here are photos from Sunday’s game. Read the rest of this entry
Former Cards, and current NFL stars, Lorenzo Mauldin and Marcus Smith are having a battle to see who can raise the most money for their charity. Mauldin’s charity is the Orangewood Foundation and Smith’s is representing the MII Foundation. The battle ends today, April 2nd.