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Nunnsense: Citrus Disappointment, Brohm And The Yum! Controversy

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Photo: Jeffrey M. Nunn

 

  • Prior to this football season for the University of Louisville, I posted a game by game prediction and then I asked if you wanted to pump the brakes or continue to ride the hype train.  In that article I stated that I was going to ride that train all the way to a new years bowl game. I predicted that Louisville would go 11-1 losing to only Clemson and just miss the college football playoffs. Most said I was a little too optimistic and that 9 maybe 10 wins would be more realistic. Then the season started and Louisville came out absolutely destroying opponents. College GameDay came to the Ville and Louisville beat Florida State worse than Ralphie beat Scott Farkus. Lamar looked better than advertised and with the top 5 showdown at Clemson looming, I still saw that look in Bobby’s eye. That confident look and smirky devilish smile led me to believe that he knew he had something special with this team. I suddenly had plenty of company in my belief of an 11 win regular season. After coming up a yard short of certain victory in Death Valley, I no longer saw that look in Bobby’s eye and the team started trending downward with a loss of focus and preparation. You know how the rest of the regular season ended. So, it turns out Louisville finished about where the majority of the fans expected prior to the season. My question to you is are you disappointed with the Citrus bowl? It’s clear that based on the early season success and being so close to the playoffs, expectations were raised. If you go back to the Red White scrimmage and I told you that Louisville would win 9 games, play in the Citrus bowl vs LSU and have a Heisman Trophy finalist, would you be happy with that season? I would signup for that season (minus the last loss of the regular season). The potential of beating LSU to end the season can really set the tone for next season. Let’s not be disappointed but rather celebrate and support this team one last time.

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UofL Basketball Post-Game Pressers

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Here are reactions from the Head Coach of the University of Louisville Rick Pitino and his players after their victory over Southern Illinois.

 

Rick Pitino

 

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Jaylen Johnson

 

Deng Adel

 

Louisville vs Southern Illinois: Postgame Recap

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In an all-around team effort, the No. 11 Cardinals took care of business at home against the visiting Salukis from Southern Illinois. The Cardinals went into halftime up 37-26 and the second half scoring was almost identical with the Cardinals outscoring the Salukis 37-25 for a final score of 74-51. While Louisville shot well from the field overall (45.8%), their 3-point percentage (23.5% on 4-17) and their free throw percentage (61.5% on 16-26) left much to be desired. Those two categories have to improve for the Cardinals or else the upcoming schedule will prove to be more difficult than already anticipated. As anticipated the Cardinals took advantage of the height difference out-rebounding the Salukis 43 to 31, which included 13 offensive rebounds. Two more bright spots were the assists to made basket percentage (48%) and the 9 total blocks (which, again can be attributed to the height difference).

The Cardinals were led in scoring by Mangok Mathiang (yes, you read that correctly), who scored 15 points on an efficient 6-9 from the field. Deng Adel finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jaylen Johnson almost had another double-double as well, he finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Matz Stockman saw an increase in playing time and made the most of it, he went 3-4 with 7 points in 16 minutes.

Up next, the Cardinals host Texas Southern on Saturday at 2pm. As long as Louisville keeps their focus on the opponent in front of them, the Battle for the Bluegrass should feature two Top-10 teams for just the 6th time since the rivalry was renewed in 1983.

Go Cards

Louisville vs Southern Illinois: Pregame Breakdown

(Photo Cred: Rick Scuteri, AP)

(Photo Cred: Rick Scuteri, AP)

The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals host the Salukis of Southern Illinois tonight in the Yum! Center at 7pm. The game can be seen on Fox Sports South for local viewers and ACC Networks for viewers outside the area.

The Cardinals will be out without Anas Mahmoud (concussion) for the second straight game but the Salukis only have one player above 6’8 on the roster so height should not be an issue. The Salukis are 5-3 entering tonight and are currently riding a 2 game win streak. Look for some lineup changes, Pitino has talked about a “quick” lineup with Deng Adel and VJ King playing 2 guard spots and Ray Spalding in the post. Personally, I’m hoping Matz Stockman gets some clock tonight after the first half he had against Grand Canyon. Either way, expect some shuffling around as this is the time for Pitino to find his go to lineup for the rigorous schedule ahead.

As of now, the Cards are 21 point favorites over the Salukis. I can’t see Louisville having much trouble tonight and should win handily. My prediction is a score of 85-57 with all around solid performances and a breakout 20 and 10 game from sophomore Ray Spalding.

Go Cards!

Louisville at Grand Canyon: Postgame Recap

(Photo Cred: Charlotte Observer)

(Photo Cred: Charlotte Observer)

The atmosphere was electric, the players were hyped, and the Antelopes of Grand Canyon gave the No. 14 team all they could handle inside their home arena. Grand Canyon even had the lead at halftime by 1 point off a buzzer-beater NBA-range 3.

It wasn’t enough as the Cards eventually pulled away by the 12 minute TV Timeout and never trailed the rest of the way. Eventually the Cards would seal the deal by a score of 79-70. DeWayne Russell led the comeback attempt with 42 points, the Antelopes’ next highest scorer had 8. Deng Adel led the way for the Cards with 15 points, VJ King showcased his ability with 14 points, Ray Spalding chipping in 14, and Matz Stockman had a career-high 10 points but didn’t play in the second half.

In a game where the upset seemed not only plausible but probable for much of the game, the Cards found a way to win. Do not downplay anything about it, the crowd was nuts, their point guard was unconscious, and they played with a lot more energy in the first half than the Cards did. The important thing is, the Cards walked away with a win and improve to 7-1.

Next the Cards will be at home to take on Southern Illinois on December 7 at 7pm. I’m sure this game will serve as a wake up call that this team cannot start flat and must defend and attack for the entire 40 minutes if they’re going to achieve their potential. I’m happy with the win last night, resilience regardless of opponent in an environment like that cannot be emphasized enough.

GO CARDS!

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (12-3-16)

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Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Extraordinaire, Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed BACK Marques Maybin who took some time out of his day to drop knowledge. We talked Football Bowl match-ups, Louisville Basketball vs Grand Canyon (INSANE ENVIRONMENT) plus we asked: How many games out of a four game stretch (UVa,uk,IU,ND) would you give up to ensure a uk win? Great response from you guys on that one. We had a great time yesterday! We were #Blessed to have Brian Hall in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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Louisville @ Grand Canyon: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals travel to Phoenix Arizona to take on the upset-minded Grand Canyon University Antelopes at 9pm on ESPN3 and WAVE-3 for the Louisville viewing area.

Grand Canyon enters the game with a 3-3 record with losses to Duke, Penn State and SIU Edwardsville. The Antelopes are currently sitting on a 1-game losing streak after their loss to SIU Edwardsville but they’re eager to bounce back with a top-15 opponent in the Louisville Cardinals.

The teams average similar PPG (points per game) totals, Louisville with 74.4 and Grand Canyon with 72.8. The difference in points allowed is much more glaring, Louisville has allowed an impressively low 57.9 while the Antelopes have been outscored by a full point on average thus far by allowing 73.8.

Rick Pitino may consider this a “trap game” but in all seriousness the Cardinals shouldn’t have much trouble tonight. After the win against Purdue on Wednesday night, the Cards should be carrying some confidence into Phoenix tonight.

The next few games should act as mere practice games for Louisville. After tonight they host Southern Illinois, Texas Southern, and Eastern Kentucky before the game against now top-ranked Kentucky (who suffered their first loss today to a very talented UCLA squad). Nonetheless, the Cards MUST take care of business and focus on the opponent in front of them and not the opponent down the road. That won’t be an issue tonight and the Cards will roll by a score of 88-57. December is here, basketball season is now entering full swing, should be a fun ride.

Go Cards!

Louisville Vs Purdue: Postgame Recap

Photo Credit to rantsports.com

Photo Credit to rantsports.com

The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 71-64 last night and helped the ACC win the ACC/Big 10 challenge outright for the first time since 2008. Purdue’s only lead of the game was by the score of 4-3, after that the Cardinals took control and aside from a late run (helped by some very suspect officiating), never looked back.

It was a very balanced effort offensively for Louisville, Mangok Mathiang and Ray Spalding led the way with 11 points (yes, you read that correctly). Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel and Quentin Snider each had 9 points; while Donovan Mitchell added 8. Ryan McMahon added an excellent and very appropriately timed 6 points on 2 designed inbounds plays (still shocked Purdue didn’t see the second one coming) on which he knocked down 2 big 3 pointers when the offense was in a rut.

A much-needed, and overall impressive bounce back performance after the debacle of a second half against Baylor. There are still many things to work on, but the Cards notched a top-15 win against a quality opponent which will surely help come March. Now it’s December and we all know things are going to heat up while the temperatures cool down, the win last night was exactly the confidence boost this team needed. This season is going to be fun.

Go Cards!

BucketHatology: Purdue

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The BHK has decided to help fund his wedding by teaching classes at an unnamed and un-accredited University here in Louisville.  I would tell you the University and location but I am no snitch, unlike graduates from IU.  So after some of the basketball games I will be providing lecture notes and taking shots at Tom Crean because I can and he is too busy smooching his son to read this anyway.

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Louisville vs Purdue: Pregame Breakdown

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals host the No. 15 Purdue Boilermakers tonight at 7pm in the Big 10/ACC challenge. The Cards are 6 point favorites as if now and the game can be seen on ESPN.

Purdue enters the game with a tall lineup. Caleb Swanigan is the Boilermakers’ leading scorer at 18 ppg and leading rebounder at 12 rpg. The Cardinals are going to have to shake off the awful 2nd half from the Battle for Atlantis Championship against Baylor and look for easy shots to boost their confidence.

Purdue is a very scary matchup and will likely give Louisville all it can handle for the majority of the game. I see the Cards pulling away with a late run and free throws to extend the lead to a final score of 76-64.

GO CARDS!

Louisville vs Old Dominion: Pregame Breakdown

(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)

(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)

The No. 10 Louisville Cardinal basketball team is set to tip-off against Old Dominion tonight at 9:30pm in Nassau, Bahamas to start the Cards’ quest for the Battle for Atlantis crown on AXSTV. The last time Louisville played in the Battle for Atlantis tournament was in 2012-13, the Cards opened with a gut-wrenching victory over Northern Iowa, followed by a blowout of then top-15 Missouri, and ended the tournament with a disappointing loss to a Duke squad the Cards would avenge when it mattered most, the NCAA Elite Eight.

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AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 11-21-16

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Here is this weeks AP top 25 for Men’s Basketball.

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 4-0
PV Rank

2

Points

1,592

2
Record: 5-0
3
1,561
3
Record: 3-0
6
1,443
4
Record: 4-0
5
1,399
5
Record: 2-1
7
1,374
6
Record: 4-1
1
1,337
7
Record: 3-0
8
1,198
8
Record: 3-0
10
1,129
9
Record: 5-0
11
1,099
10
Record: 3-0
12
947
11
Record: 3-0
14
872
12
Record: 4-0
22
770
13
Record: 2-1
4
748
14
Record: 4-0
16
735
15
Record: 3-0
17
703
16
Record: 2-1
9
666
17
Record: 2-1
15
613
18
Record: 3-0
18
610
19
Record: 3-0
19
474
20
Record: 3-0
371
21
Record: 3-0
20
319
22
Record: 3-0
23
251
23
Record: 4-1
21
217
24
Record: 2-2
13
183
25
Record: 4-0
89
25
Record: 4-0
89

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (11-19-16)

93.9 The Ville

Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Savant (I’m gonna make it a thing) Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed in resident College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. After the Thursday night we had the soothing sounds of PJ were needed. Great but weird song choices by Perrin too. We talked Houston Heartbreak, Bowl destinations, Pitino & the squad, Kanye & much more. We were #Blessed to have the Magic Mike in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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Post Game Reaction From The Cards After The Victory Over William And Mary (Video)

Photo Credit to rantsports.com

Photo Credit to rantsports.com

 

Here is the post game reaction from Louisville Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino & his players after last nights victory over W&M. Enjoy!

Rick Pitino:

V.J. King:

Deng Adel:

 

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Louisville vs William & Mary: Postgame Recap

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The 12th ranked Louisville basketball team handled business at home in a blowout victory over the Tribe from William & Mary by a final score of 91 to 58. The Cards were led in scoring by freshman V.J. King with 17 points, but the impressive part was how he did it. King went 7-11 from the field and 3-3 from 3-point range giving a performance we all expected to see out of the McDonald’s All-American at some point, but it’s fantastic to see it this early. Deng Adel had a good game as well, he finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The backcourt duo of Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell added 13 and 9 points respectively. Jaylen Johnson was one rebound away from a double-double, he finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Ray Spalding also had a nice night, he finished with 10 points on 5-6 shooting.

Louisville was only favored by 17.5 points at home tonight, and although it wasn’t a big name program the Cards were still very impressive by winning tonight by almost double the spread. As a team the Cards shot 45.8% from the field and 35.7% from 3. Once again, the assist number sticks out the most. The Cards finished the game with 21 assists on 33 made baskets.

Up next Louisville plays Long Beach State in the Battle for Atlantis Campus Game (at Louisville) on Thursday at 4pm.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs William & Mary: Pregame Breakdown

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Photo Credit to tallahassee.com

The Louisville Basketball Team improved their early season ranking after their win against Evansville by moving up 1 spot in the polls from No. 13 to No. 12. Tonight at 7pm ET, the Cards host William & Mary, the game can be seen on Fox Sports South. William & Mary is not a team to be overlooked, the Tribe won their first game of the season by significant margin of 52 points as the final score read 96-44 over Bridgewater (no relation to Teddy). As it stands, Louisville is currently a 17.5 point favorite tonight which isn’t discrediting the Cards, William & Mary is just a much better team than most will give them credit for due to the lack of the big name.

Obviously, the stats are only from one game but in that game William & Mary had 5 scorers in double figures and had 19 team assists on 37 made baskets. Although, the Tribe is a team I can see as a mid-major conference champion when March comes around, I think the length and athleticism of Louisville will be too much. Expect the Tribe to hang around early, but at the under 12:00 timeout the Cards come out and put the game out of reach. Louisville 83 William & Mary 59.

Go Cards!

Rick Pitino Lands 2018 Target

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

It is Military appreciation day for the Football Cards. Most people take it easy this weekend for veterans day. Rick Pitino is not one of those people:

Here is what ’18 target Elijah Weaver had to say:

 

Louisville Men’s Basketball Press Conference: Evansville

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Here are the videos from after tonight’s win vs Evansville, marking the 100th victory in the KFC Yum! Center

Head Coach Rick Pitino

Donovan Mitchell

Jaylen Johnson

Anas Mahmoud

KFC Yum! Center Win Counter (Video Montage)

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Tomorrow night at the KFC Yum! Center, the Cards try to notch a historic win. The Cards take on the Evansville Purple Aces at 7pm on ESPN3 in an attempt to collect win number 100 in the arena. The University put together a montage of the top plays in KFC Yum! Center history.

Bellarmine Post Game Press Conference

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

Here are clips from Head Coach Rick Pitino & the team after their exhibition victory over Bellarmine.

Rick Pitino

Donovan Mitchell

Tony Hicks

Jaylen Johnson