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Category Archives: Basketball

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.

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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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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.

Montrezl Harrell Sent To Clippers In Chris Paul Trade

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This morning, the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets negotiated a blockbuster trade that sent super star point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets. Originally reported, in return the Clippers received the Rockets’ 2018 1st round pick, Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. But it is also apparent that power forward, and former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell was also included in the trade package.

Depending on the status of whether or not Blake Griffin decides to resign with LA, this could potentially mean an increase in minutes for Harrell, as he rarely saw the floor in Houston’s 2017 postseason. Harrell became a fan favorite while at Louisville due the frequency of his ferocious and high flying dunks, and was also a part of the 2013 National Championship team.

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.

Date For Louisville’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge Vs. Purdue Announced 


The ACC announced the dates for all of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge games today, and Louisville will play the Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday, November 28th.

In Louisville’s first true home test last season, the Cardinals defeated the Caleb Swanigan-led Boilermakers, 71-64.

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.

 

Friends Of The Ville: A Letter From Rick Pitino

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The following is a candid update letter, regarding the NCAA’s ruling, from Rick Pitino to members of “Friends of the Ville”, a philanthropy group managed by the university.

“June 21, 2017

Dear Friends of the Ville

I am writing to you as close supporters and Friends of the Ville members. You are special to me and I realize you have endured a lot over the last two years. When the news first came out in 2015, it sunk my emotions to the lowest point anyone could possibly imagine. I write this letter to tell you and encourage you to keep your spirits high.

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Charity Basketball Game For Officer Rodman This Saturday

 

The Russ Smith Foundation, TBM and Sullivan’s Tap House have teamed up to form a charity basketball event in honor of Officer Nick Rodman, who was killed in the line of duty this past March. The event will feature the Metro City Stars, a team comprised of former Louisville players and prominent local figures up against a team of members of the LMPD, and will be hosted by Ballard High School this upcoming Saturday, June 24th at 6:30.

Metro City Stars Roster:

Players:

Montrezl Harrell
Terrance Farley
Tim Barnett
Perrin Johnson
Matt Brown
Tim Henderson
Russ Smith, Sr.
Chane Behanan
Phil Morrison
Charles Franklin
Chris Pointer

Luke Whitehead

Steve Rummage

Coaches:
Denny Crum
Peyton Siva, Jr.

Russ Smith Shares His Thoughts About UofL’s Punishment

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Earlier today on Twitter, Russ Smith became another one of the former UofL players to offer his thoughts on the NCAA’s harsh sanctions imposed on the University of Louisville.

He took to Twitter to talk about those who have actively cheered for UofL’s downfall. Read below:

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