Category Archives: Cardinal Athletics

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/Clemson Post-Game Pressers & Wrap-Up

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Highlights from the ACC Digital Network:

Pressers:

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

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NSD 2017: Recruits to Watch

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The Louisville Football recruiting class of 2017 is shaping up to be the best recruiting class in program history. With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, let’s take a look at some of the remaining recruits the coaching staff has their eyes on.

AJ Davis

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Position: RB
24/7 Sports Rating: 4* (.9088)
19th ranked running back
Other School of Interest: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Missouri, USF
24/7 Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: Louisville (50%), Florida (50%)

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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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Post Game Presser: @UofLWBB Vs GTech

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Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz

 

Mariya Moore & Asia Durr

The Nest Episode 4: Q’s Hip & O-Line Flips

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On this episode we recap the Duke win and also look at what the next few games are going to be like without Quentin Snider. We discuss the addition of Mike Summers and what it means to Lousiville Football going forward. The crew talks about which player(s) they are excited to see for football next year. Also, we vent, and I yell at Krueger. All that and more on this episode.

Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 3 – Jordan Nwora

 

 

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Jordan Nwora committed to Louisville on October 19th and officially signed on November 11th. Rick Pitino visited Jordan on October 12th and Jordan had an official visit to Louisville only 3 days later on October 15th. That visit from Pitino should tell you just how important Jordan is to the future of the program. Jordan is from Vermont Academy in Buffalo New York. He  is widely known as a sharpshooter and ranked No. 45 nationally by 247Sports. Pitino said of Jordan in an article by Mike Hughes of 247 sports, “I’m so excited about him. He had a great summer. Scores a lot of points, passes well, handles it at 6’8″. Why I’m so excited is he’s 16 percent body fat. Now he’s not heavy at all, but he’s like Jaylen [Johnson] was with that type of body and we know we can get him to eight (percent body fat) in two months.”

“He is an athlete now at 6’8 like Luke Hancock, that’s what type of game he has, but when he loses that (weight) and gets to eight, seven percent body fat he’s going to be explosive and we are going to do it this summer and this is a great class. Best class I’ve had.”

We all know Pitino is prone to hyperbole but saying this is the best class he has had may be closer to the truth than we give him credit for, and I tend to agree with him. The goal going into recruiting was to get “Louisville guys.” With Jordan, Lance, Darius and Malik, I feel Pitino got everything he needs to hang another banner in the YUM Center. Looking forward to seeing these guys with the current team. The future is bright!

Q & A with Louisville commit Jordan Nwora

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4 Star DE Aaron Odom Commits To Louisville

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In the wee hours of the morning while most of CardNation was asleep, the Cards landed another commitment, this time from 4 star defensive end Aaron Odom. According to Scout.com, Odom is the 22nd ranked defensive end in the 2017 class, as well as the 1st ranked defensive end in the state of Mississippi. Odom flipped from Miss State to the Cards. Good to see that hiring of new defensive coaches Peter Sirmon and Lorenzo Ward is already paying early dividends on the recruiting front.

Peyton Siva Earns Euro MVP Of The Week


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“This is the kind of performance that defines the term “one-man orchestra” when it comes to basketball. Peyton Siva did every-freaking-thing to hand Alba Berlin a precious first victory in the Top 16. He came three boards short of a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and increased the number of possessions for his team with 5 steals. Essentially, he made his 4 turnovers look non-existent while he registered 35 points in the PIR evaluation system”

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Calcast Podcast With Guest Rick Pitino

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The podcast you’ve all been waiting for is here. The Calcast with guest Rick Pitino is live. Listen here:

D1 Baseball Pre-Season Top 25: ACC Rules!

(Via @UofLBaseball & Garett Wall)

(Via @UofLBaseball & Garett Wall)

Today the D1 top 25 came out & to nobodies surprise the ACC was well represented. The ACC has 7, SEC 5, Pac 12 3, Big 12 2 & Big 10 with 1.

Great starting point for the Cards this year. A lot of room for improvement. It’s almost time to get back to Jim Patterson Stadium! Click more for the full list:

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State of Louisville Football

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Man, what a wild ride this season was.

The 2016 season for the Louisville Football Cardinals was certainly a memorable one, although at times, it was for both the right and wrong reasons. Now that the dust has settled on one of the more noteworthy seasons in Cardinal Football history, its time to look back and ask ourselves: “Where are we now? Are we on the right track? What is the current state of the Louisville Football program?”

The piece was originally supposed to be a tag team live stream open discussion with Jeremy and I, following the Houston game. Prior to that game, Louisville was 9-1, and we had every reason to believe that we still had a legitimate shot to crack the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. While we still needed help from other teams, we still had hope that with our Heisman candidate quarterback and our high-octane offense, that we could still find a way.

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Quentin Snider Out Of Action

Photo Credit to USA Today

Photo Credit to USA Today

 

Men’s Basketball Special Events

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PRESS RELEASE

KENNY KLEIN

Special Events Set for Upcoming UofL Men’s Basketball Games

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honoring two past University of Louisville NCAA Final Four teams on their anniversaries and two “color” events are among upcoming special events at three of the remaining six UofL men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center.

UofL will close the month of January with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face NC State in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29.  Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 1 p.m. game.  Louisville has won six of its previous 10 games with “White Out” promotions, including knocking off four ranked opponents in those games when the arena was a bright white.  UofL Coach Rick Pitino has drawn national attention when he wore a white suit for eight of the “White Out” games.

This year marks the 45th and 35th anniversaries of two UofL NCAA Final Four teams.  The Cardinals will honor both the 1972 and 1982 Louisville teams that reached the NCAA Final Four by wearing adidas throwback uniforms with features similar to the 1982 team when UofL plays Syracuse on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

It is the 45th anniversary for UofL’s 1972 NCAA Final Four team (26-5 record), which was guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum in his first season with the Cardinals.  The Missouri Valley Conference Co-Champions featured five senior starters, including All-America guard Jim Price (1,460 career points, 1969-72), forward Ron Thomas, whose 13.0 career rebounding average is the fourth-best ever at UofL (1970-72), and 1,000-point scorer Al Vilcheck (1,048 points, 1969-72).

This season also marks the 35th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1982 Final Four team (23-10), which had six seniors on its roster.  Crum’s fourth Final Four team, which was runner-up in the Metro Conference, included four starters that totaled over 1,000 career points in Derek Smith (1,826), Lancaster Gordon (1,614), Jerry Eaves (1,250) and Rodney McCray (1,247).  The Cardinals beat UAB on its home floor to win the Mideast Regional.

The annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game is set for March 4 at 2 p.m. when the Cardinals face Notre Dame in the final home game of the season.  Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear red attire for that Senior Day event.  Louisville has won 14 of its last 15 Senior Day games, including last year’s 56-53 victory over Georgia Tech as Chinanu Onuaku led the Cardinals with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

AP Top 25: Men’s Basketball

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The Cards come off of a 2-0 week with wins vs Pitt & Duke to rise 2 spots this week.

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 17-1
PV Rank

3

Points

1,580

2
Kansas (32)
Record: 16-1
2
1,562
3
UCLA (3)
Record: 18-1
4
1,472
4
Record: 17-0
5
1,433
5
Record: 15-2
6
1,357
6
Record: 16-1
1
1,315
7
Record: 15-2
10
1,185
7
Record: 17-1
8
1,185
9
Record: 16-3
11
1,063
10
Record: 16-2
9
964
11
Record: 16-2
13
931
12
Record: 15-3
14
900

 

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Caleb Chandler Commits Plus…

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Great news on the recruiting front!

UL-Duke Post-Game Pressers & Wrap-Up

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Wrap up by @theACCDN

 

Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Anas Mahmoud

 

Quentin Snider

 

Louisville vs Duke: Pregame Breakdown

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In the state of Kentucky, fans of the state’s major basketball schools (UofL and UK) don’t agree on much. They disagree so much that many fans argue Louisville and Kentucky are two completely different geographical locations with no relationship. One thing the entire state can agree on, however; everybody hates Duke.

Duke is an all-time top-5 basketball program. That alone is cause for all other fan bases to despise a program. Add in all the easily unlikeable personalities like Christian Laettner, JJ Reddick, every Plumlee brother, Greg Paulus, this post would be too long to name them all, but you get my point. Duke has the stereotypical mold for the most hated player in college basketball, year in and year out. Crazily, we may be looking at the most hated player in Duke history between the two fan bases of the Bluegrass State, Grayson Allen.

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The Nest Episode 3: Duke & CoachSwap

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On this weeks episode of the Nest Paige takes a siesta to watch the Women’s Basketball team take on FSU. Have no fear, Matt McGavic is here. The latest addition to the podcast roster had a ton of hot takes. He joined LJ, myself, Jeff Nunn & Justin Krueger as we recapped Pitt, tried to sort out the DC swap, previewed Duke & put to rest the year old notion that a hot dog is a sandwich. Tune in below!

UofL-Pitt Postgame Recap & Pressers

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

 

Highlights (Via @theACCDN)

 

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

 

Mangok Mathiang