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Category Archives: ACC Basketball

Clash of the Titans: Louisville vs Tennessee

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Louisville, KY – The stage is set for two of the top women’s basketball programs in the nation as the 4 – seed Louisville Cardinals take on the 5 – seed Tennessee Volunteers.

This matchup has the potential to be one of the greatest games of the NCAA Tournament. On one hand, you have the legendary Tennessee Volunteers, who have been inconsistent at times this season, but have turned the corner in the nick of time. On the other, you have Louisville, a relatively new powerhouse looking for its first National Championship in women’s hoops. The Cardinals have been to the championship game twice in the past 10 years, but have yet to win the coveted title.

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Tip Time And TV Set For Louisville vs. Jacksonville State And All First Round Games

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Full 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket

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Louisville received a 2 seed in the Midwest and will play on Friday in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Arena. Game time is still to be determined. Assuming Louisville beats JVST in the first round, they will play on Sunday against either Michigan or Oklahoma State. Again, game time is to be determined. Check back with Cardinal Sports Zone and we will put out the times once they are announced.

Louisville vs Duke: Cards Fall Short In Brooklyn

After opening up a 12-point lead with 13 minutes left to play, the Cards failed to put Duke away and watched as the Blue Devils cut short Louisville’s first ACC tournament appearance since 2015 by a final score of 81-77.

Once again, free throw shooting proved to be this team’s Achilles heel. Louisville shot 15-26 from the line and to add to that the Cards shot an abysmal 4-21 from 3-point range. Even with those horrific shooting numbers, Louisville still led the majority of the game, only to crumble down the stretch, both offensively and defensively.

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Louisville vs Duke: ACC Tournament Rematch

After Louisville lost to Wake Forest last Wednesday, the concern over ACC tournament seeding was very real. Thanks to a bounce-back/revenge victory over Notre Dame on Senior Day, the Cardinals secured a double bye in the ACC. Duke lost to UNC, a game that had the Blue Devils won, would’ve improved Louisville to the 3-seed. Obviously, that’s not how it played out and that’s how we got here, Duke beat Clemson yesterday in a tough fought game and now two of the teams no one wants to see this time of year get to play each other today in Brooklyn at 2pm on ESPN for a Semifinal spot.

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The Nest Episode 11: March Gladness

On this episode we break down the ACC tournament and our rematch against Duke. We talk to The Crunchzone’s TBG as well as Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer live from Brooklyn. The crew gives thier ACC tourney predictions and we debate who’s jersey deserves to be retired. Joined by Stu from Cardinal Phone Repair. Tune in!

AP Poll: Week 18

Here are this weeks NCAA Men’s Top 25 rankings:

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Kansas (59)
Record: 28-3
PV Rank

1

Points

1,619

2
Record: 28-3
2
1,517
3
UCLA (3)
Record: 28-3
3
1,487
4
Record: 30-1
4
1,430
5
Record: 27-4
6
1,364
6
Record: 26-6
5
1,291
7
Record: 27-4
7
1,252
8
Record: 26-5
9
1,182
9
Record: 25-6
11
1,084
10
Record: 24-7
8
1,047

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New Post-Season Uniforms Officially Revealed For UofL Men’s & Women’s Teams

 

After a week of speculation and accidental leak, Adidas officially revealed ALL of the post-season uniforms for it’s teams participating in tournaments the next month.

All ACC Teams & POY Revealed!

Dec 16, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks against Kennesaw State Owls guard Yonel Brown (4) during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Kennesaw State 94-57. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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UofL Basketball SID

Mar. 05, 2017 Men’s Basketball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference five-man first team in a vote by league coaches and media.

 

The Greenwich, Conn. product was also selected to the ACC All-Defensive team after leading the conference in steals (66, 2.13 per game, 18th in the nation). He is within eight steals of the UofL top ten for a season.

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2017 ACC Tournament Bracket

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The bracket is set. Louisville is the 4 seed and will play at 2pm on Thursday against either Duke, NC State or Clemson.

 

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Louisville Vs Notre Dame Post Game Pressers

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Here are the Pressers from after the Louisville-ND game.

Rick Pitino

 

Mangok Mathiang

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

Louisville vs Notre Dame: Senior Day

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After suffering their first loss to an unranked opponent, No. 8 Louisville will look to cool down the red-hot Fighting Irish today at home in the Yum! Center. No. 19 Notre Dame has won 6 straight heading into today’s contest and won the first meeting between these two teams in South Bend earlier in the season. Louisville is coming off a tough road loss to Wake Forest and needs a victory today to secure a double-bye in the ACC tournament. The game tips off at 2pm and can be seen on CBS.

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UofL WBB Quarterfinal Presser

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Check out the post game press conference from Coach Jeff Walz, Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen: Game 8 Press Conference

Louisville Heads To The ACC Semifinals

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Photo Credit: Louisville’s Sports Information/GoCards.com

Conway, S.C. — The 5th seeded Louisville Cardinals narrowly defeated the 4th seeded NC State Wolfpack, 59-58. The Cardinals will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Notre Dame and Virginia.

 

The first quarter was a battle from beyond the arc. Both teams combined for 7 made triples. For the Cardinals, Asia Durr knocked down three to account of 9-of Louisville’s- 18 first quarter points. While Miah Spencer fired off two and Ashley Wilson and Dominique Williams connected on one a piece.

NC State dominated the first period. The Wolfpack did not commit a single turnover, but forced 4 Louisville turnovers. NC State was able to capitalize on Louisville’s mistakes grabbing 4-points off the 4 turnovers. The Wolfpack also controlled the glass, holding an 8-6 advantage over the Cardinals.

NC State was able to sprint out to an 8-0 run as Spencer connected on two from the charity stripe, followed by a triple and Dominique Williams added a triple of her own. The Wolfpack took a 19-10 lead.

But, Louisville’s silence was broken as Durr fired off her third three-pointer of the period.

Despite shooting 54% (7-of-13) from the field and (3-of-6) 50% from beyond the arc, the Cardinals trailed by as much as 10 points.

At the end of the first period, Louisville trailed 28-18.

The Wolfpack’s momentum continued in the second quarter as Wilson and Spencer picked up 4 quick points. NC State But, the momentum shifted as NC State senior Jennifer Mathurin went down with what appeared to be an injury to her leg or ankle. Mathurin was immediately taken back to the locker room to be evaluated.

Without Mathurin, the Wolfpack struggled offensively. The Cardinals were able to take advantage of NC State’s offensive woes. Louisville’s defense locked in holding the Wolfpack scoreless for nearly 4:00. The Cardinals racked up 6 unanswered points to cut the lead, 32-24.

Spencer broke NC State’s scoring drought, but Louisville’s defense, again, locked down. The Cardinals closed out the first half behind a 14-2 run.

Louisville outscored NC State, 14-6, in the second period. However, NC State held a slight advantage, 34-32.

Louisville shot 48% in the first half and 40% from beyond the arc. The Cardinals were led by Durr,who racked up 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including four three-pointers.

However, the Cardinals struggled to hold on to the ball. Louisville committed 11 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Wolfpack to pick up 8-points off turnovers.

The Cardinals struck first in the third quarter as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two. But, a foul sent Wilson to the line to convert a three-point play.

NC State was able to fight back to regain a 3-point lead. The momentum shifted back into the Cardinals favor as Spencer picked up her third foul with 5:46 remaining in the third period. Without Mathurin and Spencer in foul trouble, the Wolfpack struggled.

Louisville, however, picked up 9 unanswered points to take a 47-43 lead. The Cardinals hit 4-of its previous-4, while holding NC State scoreless for more than 5:00.

The Wolfpack picked up three quick points at the end of the third period. At the end of three, the Cardinals held a slight advantage, 47-46.

A foul sent Nelson to the line early in the fourth to hit two from the charity stripe. But, Hines-Allen grabbed four points as the Cardinals extended their lead to 3-points.

Both teams went an extended period without scoring. But, a triple from Wilson pushed NC State ahead, 58-57, with 56 seconds remaining.

However, a foul committed by DD Rogers put Hines-Allen on the line to shoot two with 19 seconds remaining. Hines-Allen banked both free-throws giving Louisville a one point advantage, 59-58.

The Wolfpack got the ball in Spencer’s hands. Spencer hit the last second shot in the regular season game to give NC State the win. However, this time, it was not in the cards for Spencer.

Louisville narrowly defeated NC State, 59-58, to advance to the ACC Semifinals.

The Cardinals connected on 20 field goals for 43% shooting, including 4 three-pointers. Louisville struggled to hold on to the ball, turning the ball over 17 times. However, Louisville controlled the glass, out rebounding NC State, 36-25.

High Scorers 

The Cardinals had two players notch double-figures: Asia Durr paced Louisville racking up 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Durr knocked down all four of Louisville’s triples. Myisha Hines-Allen earned a double-double putting up 16-points and pulling down 10 boards.

Next Up

The Cardinals will tip off against the 1st seeded Notre Dame on Saturday at noon.

 

Three CARDS Make All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team

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Photo Credit: ACC

Conway, S.C. — Three Louisville Cardinals have been named to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team.

Myisha Hines-Allen, Briahanna Jackson and Cortnee Walton were named to the prestigious team.

According to the press release from the ACC, in order to qualify for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester, as well as a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout one’s academic career.

To view the entire All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team, check out the press release: All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team Announced

Preview: CARDS Set To Face No. 17/18 NC State

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Photo Credit: ACC Tournament

Conway, S.C. – The No. 14/13 Louisville Cardinals are set to face the No. 17/18 NC State Wolfpack in the ACC Quarterfinals.

The Cardinals and the Wolfpack met on February 2nd at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville entered the game without Myisha Hines-Allen, a huge loss for the Cardinals. The absence of Hines-Allen was evident. NC State nearly edged Louisville on the glass, 42-40. The Cardinals were led on the glass by Cortnee Walton, who pulled down 12 boards.

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Louisville Vs Syracuse Postgame Pressers

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Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Quentin Snider

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Anas Mahmoud

Louisville vs Syracuse: Postgame Recap

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

The Louisville Cardinals took care of business today at home against the Syracuse Orange by a score of 88-68.

Louisville controlled the game the entire way, the only spark the Orange showed came in form of a 17-13 lead after Louisville started the game up 11-3. After the Syracuse run, Louisville stormed back and never let up en route to a 20-point de-pulping (sorry) of the Orange.

Louisville was led by 25 points (6-10 from 3-point range) from Donovan Mitchell, 17 points from Deng Adel, Ray Spalding awoke from his slumber to dominate down low with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Quentin Snider added 12 points and 6 assists, and Anas Mahmoud had a solid game of 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Louisville looked like a No. 1 seed today, which couldn’t have come at a better time after Gonzaga’s home loss to BYU last night. If the Cards win out and make a run in the ACC tournament, it’ll be difficult to place another team on that 1-seed line over Louisville. In addition, Louisville stayed tied for 2nd place in the ACC, which sets the Cards up nicely for that coveted double-bye in the ACC tournament.

Up next: the Cards travel to Wake Forest on Wednesday for a 9pm game on the ACC Network.

Go Cards!

The Nest: All RILED Up And It S-U-C-K’s (Episode 9)

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On the episode we are joined by WDRB’s Jason Riley. We break down the V-Tech win and UNC loss. We preview the upcoming rematch with Syracuse and the Cards trip to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest. The crew debates which song should the football team run out to and more. Plus we vent. All that and more on this episode, tune in.

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AP Top 25 (2-20-17): Men’s Basketball

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Cards move up in the latest poll:

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Gonzaga (59)
Record: 28-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,618

2
Record: 26-2
2
1,556
3
Kansas (1)
Record: 24-3
3
1,503
4
Record: 25-3
5
1,356
5
Record: 24-3
6
1,316
6
Record: 24-4
7
1,297
7
Record: 22-5
8
1,267
8
Record: 23-5
10
1,138
9
Record: 22-5
4
1,108
10
Record: 22-5
12
1,014

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