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Category Archives: ACC Basketball

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.

 

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Press Release: Impressive Year For The Cards

PRESS RELEASE

Kenny Klein

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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Cards Could Potentially Add 5 Star Bowen

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It was discovered on Tuesday evening that Louisville hosted 5 Star SF Brian Bowen on a campus visit. Bowen, a McDonald’s All-American, was thought by many to be a solid Michigan State lean but after the return of Miles Bridges who opted to not enter the NBA draft deadline, it appears he is still searching for a school to land his services.

Louisville would join a list of schools trying to sign Bowen. So far he holds offers from such schools as Arizona, Michigan State, NC State, Texas, and UCLA just to name a few.  The SF position at Louisville is pretty stacked with the return of  Deng Adel and V.J. King although Pitino has hinted he will primarily use Adel as a shooting guard.  Add Dwayne Sutton to the mix and you have some nice depth at the 3 spot.

We here at CSZ will be keeping a close eye on this story.  Louisville is already a projected top 10 team next season and this would do nothing but bolster that claim.  “Crootin” remains a funny business. …

The Overreaction Of Louisville Twitter

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It sucks…….we know.  You know, I know, CardNation knows.

While we all wished Donovan Mitchell luck and will cheer like hell when his name is called next month in the NBA draft, part of us now only have to wonder what could have been had he returned. But he isn’t and all we have is great memories and insane one handed dunk highlights.

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Kylee Shook Invited To USA Basketball U-19 Trials

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Incoming sophomore Kylee Shook is one of 33 student-athletes invited to the USA Basketball U-19 World Cup Team Trials.

Shook is set to fly out to Colorado Springs, Colorado, her hometown, to compete for a spot on the 12 woman roster. The trials will begin on May 18th and end on May 21st.

Once the team is selected, it will contend for its seventh-consecutive gold medal from July 22nd-30th in Cividale del Friuli and Udine, Italy.

Shook played in 35 games during her freshman season and averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and a team-best 1.0 blocks per game. Her 34 blocks on the season falls at third among freshman in school history.

Stay tuned to Cardinal Sports Zone for further information as Kylee Shook competes for a spot on the U-19 team.

Jay Henderson To Transfer

 

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Another week, another transfer.   Following in the footsteps of Tyler Sharpe and Matz Stockman we now learn that walk-on Jay Henderson also intends to transfer from the Louisville Men’s basketball team.   Henderson originally came to Louisville after transferring from St. John’s.

Jay saw the floor sparingly only playing 2.1 minutes per game. However, he was constantly cheering on his teammates and still holds the title for the most glorious head of hair on the team.  We here at CSZ wish him the best wherever he lands.  Always a Card!

Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer

Freshman walk-on and former Bullitt East star Tyler Sharpe intends to transfer. He appeared in only 7 games this season scoring only 2 points.

With a loaded class coming that features Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora and the addition of Dwayne Sutton it would seem Sharpe would find playing time to be scarce next season. We here at CSZ wish Tyler the best wherever he lands. Always a Card!!

 

Two More Transfer from Women’s Hoops

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Sophomore Brianna Jones and freshman Ciera Johnson will transfer from the University of Louisville.

Johnson was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016. She played in 37 games for the Cardinals, averaging 4-points and 2.3 rebounds.

Jones entered Louisville as a five star recruit and played in 43 games during her tenure with the Cardinals.

Both players are looking to expand their minutes. Which is certainly understandable considering Louisville is welcoming a top four recruiting class that boasts three 5-stars.

Card Nation will certainly miss these two outstanding young women and we wish them both the very best at the new schools.

Yesterday, CSZ reported that junior Mariya Moore would transfer to a school on the west coast so she could play closer to her home.

While the Cardinals have lost three players this week, Louisville is bringing in the fourth ranked class. The 2017 class boasts three 5-star rated players, two of which were McDonald’s All-Americans.

UCONN Transfer Picks Louisville

EnochSteven Enoch has confirmed reports that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his playing career.  At 6’11 Enoch will be counted on to help at the 4 or 5 spot for the Cards.  He will be forced to sit under NCAA rules next season but will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

A former 4 star prospect out of high school, Enoch averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds with the Huskies last season. He typically saw 12 minutes of play per game.  We here at Cardinal Sports Zone welcome Steven to the Ville!!!!

 

Mariya Moore to Transfer

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Junior Guard Mariya Moore is transferring from the University of Louisville, per several sources.

The news comes one day after Louisville and head coach Jeff Walz nabbed Five star point guard, Mykasa Robinson. Needless to say, it’s been a roller coaster for fans of the Louisville women.

Moore, a Hercules, California native, wants to be closer to home. While the specifics of where she is transferring are unknown, Coach Walz told the Courier-Journal, Moore wanted to go back to the west coast so her family could watch her play her final season.

Moore has been granted a full release from UofL.

Mariya Moore came into Louisville as a highly touted recruit. Moore was tabbed as a McDonald’s All American and was ranked 42nd in the 2014 class.

Last season, Moore started 36 games for the Cardinals. The junior averaged 12-points, while leading the time in assists with 175 on the season. Moore was the third leading scorer for Louisville and a crucial part of Big Three.

Mariya Moore will certainly be missed as she has had a profound impact on the Louisville Cardinals. But, CSZ and all of Card Nation wish her the best as she finds a new home closer to her family.

Thanks for the memories, Mariya!!

Welcome Back NCAA Tournament

It was announced today that the NCAA has chosen Louisville to host a Regional in the NCAA Tournament. The KFC YUM! Center will open its doors the weekend of March 28th and 30th. Louisville last hosted the big dance in 2016 and hosted eventual champion Villanova.

The most exciting part of this news is that the city is on display nationally.  Congrats to the city of Louisville.

http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2017-04-18/2019-2022-future-di-ncaa-championship-sites

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.