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Category Archives: ACC Basketball

Russ Smith Isn’t Giving Up On NBA Dream

 

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Russ Smith is currently playing in China, averaging 57.7 points per game. Let me say that again, Russ Smith is averaging 57.7 points per game in China. At one point this year, he was averaging 61.2. That is just flat out RussdiculousYet somehow, the NBA scouts aren’t taking much notice. Russ sat down with YARON WEITZMAN  of Bleacher Report and talked about the rollercoaster he has been on since he graduated from the University of Louisville. You can read the full article below, and let us know when you think Russ will finally get the respect he deserves. 

 

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UofL, WKU Resume Basketball Series

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The University of Louisville announced today that they will resume the basketball series with Western Kentucky University starting in 2018. The series was always nice to have on the schedule, you get a in-state school who is in an above average mid major conference. That is, until they threw punches at our boy Trezl and the series wasn’t renewed. It is good to see things have calmed down between the two programs and we can move forward with the games. UofL and WKU currently play in baseball every year and football will begin a series from 2018-2020.

Donovan Mitchell Sits Down With SLAM Magazine And Talks Jazz, Baseball And More

 

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Donovan Mitchell is a name you hear on the streets of Louisville, and it is always greeted with a smile. His fierce athleticism and humble attitude made him a fan favorite during his two years here at the University of Louisville. Donovan was drafted number 13 overall to the Utah Jazz in this past NBA drat. SLAM Magazine’s Peter Walsh recently sat down with Mitchell to talk about life. You can read below what Donovan thinks about his Adidas shoe deal, baseball and how quickly life changed.

Gary Parrish Unveils His 2018 Mock NBA Draft

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Gary Parrish with CBS released his first 2018 NBA mock draft. He has predicted a breakout season for Sophomore V.J King. One similar to Terry Rozier and Donovan Mitchell. Take a look at where he has him going and let us know what you think about it!

Beat The Buzzer With Jordan Nwora

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Today on Beat the Buzzer, we get to know freshman Jordan Nwora better. Who is he one celebrity he would leave a comp ticket for? What is his hometown known for? Find out the answer to these and many more below.

King, Mahmoud And Spalding Recap From Adidas Nations Camp

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V.J King, Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spalding have all returned from the always competitive Adidas Nations Camp. This is where Terry Rozier, Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel broke on to the NBA scene the last few years. ESPN’s Seth Greenburg deemed the Louisville trio “a taller and younger version of the three amigos.” You can see the full recap below.

 

Here is another story in reference to the Adidas 2017 camp.

https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/adidas-nations-2017-top-college-prospects/

 

Darius Days Official Visit Date Set

Darius Days, a four star power forward out of Florida, told Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority that he will be visiting September 15th. He has gained more offers since Louisville offered him a scholarship on July 15th. Days has been averaging over a double-double in this summer’s AAU season. Experts believe he will decide between LSU, Florida, Louisville, & Kansas as his top choices for school.

Here are a few highlights of Darius…

Jay Bilas Weighs In On NCAA Sanctions

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Jay Bilas has made his thoughts clear on the NCAA sanctions against the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team. When asked, Bilas responded with his belief that a school should not lose a banner when innocent people would be hurt. You can see the full tweet below. Let us know what you think about his stance.

Beat The Buzzer With Darius Perry

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Today on, Beat the Buzzer, we sit down with freshman guard, Darius Perry. He talks about who is the biggest influence in his life, as well as who is goofiest out of the freshman class. Take a listen below to find out the answers to these questions and many more!

Las Vegas SuperBook Releases Updated 2018 National Championship Odds

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Today the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released their latest odds for the 2018 Men’s Basketball National Championship odds. If these turn out to be true, it looks like we will have a fun March in the Bluegrass! Take a look below and see what you think about where the University of Louisville stands.

Asia Durr Makes U-23 Team USA

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Louisville, KY — Asia Durr was one of 12 women named to the inaugural USA Basketball U-23 team.

The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee selected the 12 woman roster on Friday.

The team, led by Louisville head coach Jeff Walz, will continue training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs through August 7th. The team will then fly to Toyoko to compete in the U-23 Four Nations Tournament.

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Jeff Walz, UofL Pick Up Local Star

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Louisville, KY — Butler senior, Molly Lockhart, has committed to Jeff Walz and the Louisville Cardinals.

Lockhart says her desire to stay close to home for college was important, which made her commitment to Louisville easy.

Lockhart originally committed to St. Louis University in March, but a change of heart this summer influenced her decision to attend Louisville.

“It was really important to me,” Lockhart said. “I have a lot of people at home that like to watch me play like my grandparents, so being close to home was a lot more helpful.

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WBB: UofL Rolls Out New Season Ticket App

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Louisville, KY – A new University of Louisville policy has women’s basketball season ticket holders angry.

In July, the University of Louisville announced that multiple sections of previously reserved seats in the KFC Yum! Center will be converted into sections for tickets sold and used on a mobile app called CardsPass.

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Men’s Basketball Preseason BPI Released

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The preseason BPI for men’s basketball was released today. The Cardinals come in at number two, with Wichita State surprising everyone at number one. Take a look below to see how many of UofL’s opponents were ranked as well.

Rick Ranks Top 3 Performers Of The Summer

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Rick Pitino has released his summer update, giving the dead season some life. He rated the players on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest. Check out his letter below and see if anyone surprises you.

2017-2018 ACC Conference Basketball Schedule Released

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University of Louisville’s men basketball ACC conference schedule was re- released today. North Carolina and Syracuse are both making their ways to the KFC Yum! Center this season. Louisville will be heading to Duke and Notre Dame throughout the season as well. Here are all the match ups for the upcoming basketball season.

Chris Jones Shot

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Late last night, former Louisville guard Chris Jones was shot in the leg following an altercation on a basketball court in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Fortunately, his injury was non-life threatening, and his condition is listed as “non-critical”. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him a speedy recovery.

NCAA Still Finds Way To Make Money Off A Title They Ruled Shouldn’t Exist

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As you probably know by now, the NCAA came down hard on the Louisville Cardinals basketball program in the wake of the Andre McGee/Katina Powell sex scandal. The program faces the potential of getting 100+ wins vacated, as well as the 2012 Final Four and 2013 National Championship. Lost in the sanctions though, was the forfeiture of all conference revenue sharing gained from the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA postseasons. Also, “future revenue distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA“.

So essentially, UofL has to give up all the TV money they earned, and they have to give it up to the NCAA. They also have to give up any potential money they would earn in royalties from those 4 postseasons, and also give it up to the NCAA. Because, you know, the NCAA says those wins and title don’t exist anymore. So how can you make money off them? Well, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them.

Huh, fancy that? The official locker room 2013 National Championship (which doesn’t exist, mind you) shirt has had a drastic price reduction from an official NCAA licensee. In fact, both Fanatics and CBS Sports have the same shirt listed with the same exact price reduction.

Purely coincidence, right?

This is just an addition to the long list of hypocrisies that the NCAA has committed over the years. Trying to figure out a way to still make money off a 4 year old event, that you ruled doesn’t even exist anymore? This is so shady that it’s almost brilliant.

Maybe I’ll go take a class at UNC about how to be as sleazy as them.

 

Press Release: Impressive Year For The Cards

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The University of Louisville’s appearance in the College World Series will cap off a terrific 2016-17 season for the Cardinals. Lofty team finishes, impressive individual achievements and nationally recognized academic success have highlighted UofL’s extremely productive academic year.

18 NCAA PARTCIPANTS — Eighteen UofL sports – 10 men’s and eight women’s – had teams or individuals participate in NCAA postseason competition in 2016-17. Baseball has won a school-record 52 games and has advanced to its fourth College World Series, including its third in the last five years. UofL’s men’s soccer team was the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight. UofL’s women’s cross country advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history. Louisville’s women’s swimming team finished sixth in the nation with Mallory Comerford sharing the 200-free NCAA championship with Katie Ledecky. The Cardinals’ men’s swimming team finished 11th in the NCAA Championship.

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Interview With Donovan Mitchell

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Even as he was on the west coast preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft, former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell was still able to find the time to sit down for an interview with myself on behalf of Cardinal Sports Zone, and talk about the draft as well as his time at Louisville.

Matt McGavic: Thank you for doing this interview, it’s a pleasure to get to talk to you even with your busy schedule. First of all, how excited are you to take the next step in your career?

Donovan Mitchell: I’m very excited. It’s definitely tough to make it to draft day, and I wouldn’t be there without what Louisville’s done for me, and being in that environment is awesome. I’m excited, I feel like I’m ready. I came out here to L.A. and started performing well, and I just feel like I’m ready to do this, ready just to be a pro and play against pros and take that next step.

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