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Category Archives: Basketball

AP Poll (2/20/17) Women’s Basketball

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Here’s where the Women’s team ended up this week in the new rankings:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS PREVIOUS
1 UConn 26-0 825 33 33 1
2 Maryland 26-1 788 0 33 2
3 Mississippi State 27-1 755 0 33 3
4 Baylor 25-2 731 0 33 4
5 Notre Dame 25-3 682 0 33 7
6 Texas 21-5 608 0 33 8
7 South Carolina 22-4 602 0 33 6
8 Florida State 24-4 583 0 33 4
8 Stanford 24-4 583 0 33 10
10 Oregon State 25-3 528 0 33 11
11 Washington 25-4 494 0 33 9
12 Ohio State 23-5 469 0 33 12
13 Duke 24-4 467 0 33 13
14 Louisville 23-6 414 0 33 14
15 UCLA 20-7 350 0 33 18
16 Oklahoma 21-6 340 0 33 19
17 Miami (FL) 19-7 274 0 33 16
18 North Carolina State 20-7 232 0 30 15
19 DePaul 22-6 208 0 31 17
20 Syracuse 18-9 162 0 30 21
21 Drake 22-4 123 0 31 25
22 Kentucky 19-8 110 0 25 NR
23 Temple 21-5 99 0 26 NR
24 Missouri 19-9 62 0 16 NR
25 Michigan 21-7 53 0 14 20

Others receiving votes: Kansas State 45, Texas A&M 45, Creighton 32, South Florida 27, Tennessee 9, Belmont 7, Green Bay 4, West Virginia 4, Arizona State 3, Colorado State 2, Tulane 2, LSU 1, Marquette 1, Wright State 1.

 

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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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Asia Durr is Unstoppable

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Photo Credit: Adam Creech/GoCards.com

*  Story from Swish Appeal. Please visit SwishAppeal.com to see more of Paige’s work. *

Louisville, KY — In the annual Play 4 Kay game, the No. 14 Louisville Cardinals, behind the Big Three, dominated the North Carolina Tar Heels, 87-57.

The 14th ranked Louisville Cardinals honored those with Breast Cancer in the annual Play 4 Kay game. In a truly remarkable gesture during the team introductions, each Louisville starter was accompanied by either a current Breast Cancer patient, a survivor or the family member of a loved one lost. The tear-jerking moment set the tone for the Cardinals. Louisville took the floor motivated to fight hard for a win.

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Throwbacks Revealed! (Video)

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Here you go, throwbacks for Syracuse game revealed:

Go Cards!

The Nest Episode 8: That’s My Q

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On this episode we break down Q’s return for the Miami game and the OT thriller against Syracuse. We preview the V-Tech game and look ahead to the showdown in Chapel Hill. Also, we discuss the craziest thing we have ever seen at a Louisville Sporting Event. All that plus some of CardNation calls in to the show.

Celtics Unwilling To Give Up Terry Rozier

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This past weekend, the Toronto Raptors recently acquired Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic. However, Ibaka was almost traded to Boston, and the only reason he landed in Toronto was because the Celtics were unwilling to give up on second year point guard and Louisville product Terry Rozier.

Rozier is currently in year 2 of a 3 year/$5.7 million contract with a 4th year club option, and is averaging 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game with the Celtics. While Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, he is also set to become a free agent after this season, so that also played a role in him not donning the green and white. Still though, it’s nice to see the Celtics not wanting to give up Rozier so easily, and perhaps they see the potential in him further down the road.

Rick Pitino Celebrates 4 Point Play

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We had a tough battle Saturday and there very few bright spots. One that pumped me up the most was coach Rick Pitino getting hype once UL took control of the game. My guy Troy Turbeville @tville73 put together a clip & shared it with everyone. I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy.

The Nest Episode 7: Deng It Mango!

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On this episode we break down the highs of a win against Boston College and the lows of a loss to Virginia. We address missed curfew-gate and also dive into a preview of the Miami and Syracuse games. Stu from Cardinal Phone Repair stops by and we discuss the worst sports analysts past and present. You will NOT want to miss this episode!

A Tale Of Two Cultures

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Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.

Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.

How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.

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Poll Position: February 6th

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Here are how the Cardinals fared this week in the polls released this morning:

AP: 4th

Coaches: 4th

Next Up:

Tonight at #12/13 Virginia 7pm ESPN

Saturday vs Miami 2pm ESPN2

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Louisville at Boston College: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals travel to Boston, Massachusetts to take on the Eagles of Boston College today at 3 on the ACC Network. Boston College appeared to be heading in the right direction from last year’s abysmal season, but have dropped 6 games in a row entering today.

Boston College (9-14) is led by Sophomore guard Jerome Robinson at 19.7 PPG. The Eagles will need a big performance from him if they want any chance at beating the Cards today.

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The Nest: That Boy’s Mad (Episode 6)

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On this episode we welcome Twitter legend TBG into the show. We recap the dismantling of NC State, the legend of David Levitch, what to expect in both the Boston College and Virginia games, crootin’, and we also vent at the end. Smash the play button and enjoy.

 

Basketball Team Rises In Both Polls

(Photo Cred: Rick Scuteri, AP)

(Photo Cred: Rick Scuteri, AP)

 

The new polls are out and the Cards have gotten some major respect even after losing both Q & Tony Hicks. The Cards jumped up to 6 & 7 respectively in the AP & Coaches Poll

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Record: 18-4
13
1,237

Coaches

7 Louisville 18-4 525 0 14 7 7/15

 

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800: Louisville Women Hit Milestone in Victory over Clemson

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Clemson, SC — The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals handed the Clemson Tigers its 39th straight conference loss in a 60-46 decision.

The Louisville Cardinals, picking up its 800th program win, struggled to put the Clemson Tigers away.

“We’ll take the win,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We did not come out prepared to play. I watched them in warm ups screwing around. We tried to address it, we tried to get their focus. Unfortunately, it showed.”

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The Nest Episode 5: Holy Pitt!!

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This week on the nest we have a full house and we weren’t playing Cards. (Non pun intended) LJ, Jeremy, Paige, Matt and Krueger sat down and discussed the week in basketball for one. Nunn was posted up in the corner like a man possessed. Like a man who’d been cheated out of pizza & wasn’t gonna take it anymore. FSU, Pitt, Signing Day & LJ had a great question about sacrifice we all discussed. We are also pretty sure Nunn did not predict the leading scorer for NCST. Catch all of this & more on the Nest….

 

Tony Hicks Out 6-8 Weeks With Injury

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Credit: UofL

Louisville guard Tony Hicks has been diagnosed with a fractured fourth metacarpal and will be out six to eight weeks, according to U of L’s statement.

Hicks suffered the injury while fighting for a loose ball in the first half against Pitt last night. Hicks finished the game with ten points and four assists in the 106-51 victory, two days after posting a season high 16 points at Florida State. The 6-8 week timeline puts Hicks in position to possibly return during postseason play, with the graduate transfer seeking his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

This also marks the second injury suffered in the last two weeks for the Cardinals, with point guard Quentin Snider still recovering from a strained hip flexor. Snider was expected to be out 2-3 weeks from his diagnosis last week, but it is unknown whether he will return for Sunday’s Whiteout game against NC State.

March Madness Adds New Wrinkle

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Just announced: March Madness adds a new wrinkle. Starting February 11th the selection committee will unveil their top 16 teams on a weekly basis. I assume this will be like the CFP playoff show. I love it!

AP Top 25 Basketball Poll 1-23-16

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The Cards went 1-1 last week after dropping a tough one at FSU. The Cards 4 losses are all to current teams ranked in the top 14. Here’s where the Cards check in this week:

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 19-1
PV Rank

1

Points

1,591

2
Kansas (28)
Record: 18-1
2
1,572
3
Record: 19-0
4
1,471
4
Record: 17-2
5
1,414
5
Record: 18-1
6
1,379
6
Record: 18-2
10
1,215
7
Record: 18-2
14
1,190
8
Record: 19-2
3
1,177
9
Record: 18-3
9
1,171
10
Record: 18-2
11
1,035

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CSZ Asks & CardNation Responds

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Tonight we took to Twitter to find out what everyone thought about the game & their outlook on the season going forward. You guys know what I think. When we are at full strength we still have one big problem. Droughts & situational shot selection. It has to change because we have the talent to go a long way if corrected. I also asked the contributors to give their thoughts. This is what they came up with.

First off, some of the Contributors thoughts:

@LJThaFiasc0-Encouraging to know that we almost won with 3 backup players and our best shooter going 2-10

@GeneralWasp-It’s still very optimistic. FSU is a damn good squad, we were without one of our more dynamic playmakers, and we only lost by 5. My concern is that the last few games, we’ve struggling in the first 5-10 minutes of the game. We can come back against Clemson. We can’t do that against FSU

@PaigeS_502– I think this team is poised for a great run in March. Q being hurt gives his backups good minutes for practice which will come in handy in the tournament.

@KruegerMania-About what I expected. The Q injury blows but I think Louisville will be fine until he returns, as long as they can run their offense. Defense is fine.

@UofLNunn– Can’t complain about the record when you take into consideration the strength of schedule. I still believe this is a final 4 team.

 

Now CardNation speaks:

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Louisville vs Clemson: Pregame Breakdown

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After a very good week of games for the now No. 12 Louisville Cardinals, the Cardinals were bitten by the injury bug. Quentin Snider suffered a hip injury in the Duke game but finished the game, it was released Monday that he will miss the next 2-3 weeks due to the injury. Still, the Cardinals notched a win against then No. 7 Duke on Saturday and a win against Pitt on Wednesday pushing the Cards to 15-3 (3-2 in ACC).

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