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Category Archives: Louisville Athletics

Catching Up With The Cards

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Our new weekly series, catching up with the Cards, will help you keep up with all of your favorite former Cards. Our newest contributor, Brendan Holba, will give you the run down on every former Card that played Baseball at the University of Louisville. It is his first time blogging and we really hope you enjoy. Let’s Catch up with three Cards!

 

*Author’s Note
Players listed in order by the year they were drafted or signed as a free agent.
Justin Marks
The lefty from Owensboro, Kentucky completed the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.  Marks pitched in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Ray’s totaling 1.1 innings, surrendering 2 hits including a home run.  He did complete the outing with a strikeout and a walk.  In May, Marks was claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers and is currently a free agent heading into the spring.  His final line for 2017 at the AAA level:
8-4 with a 5.11 era,  in 75.2 innings he gave up 76 hits and 43 earned runs to go along with 71 strikeouts, 36 walks and a  .259 batting average against with a 1.48 whip.

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*Home Opener Changed For UofL Baseball*

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Louisville Baseball Home-Opener with EKU Moved to Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Expected inclement weather forces schedule change for Cardinals and Colonels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Due to expected inclement weather, the 13th-ranked Louisville baseball team’s 2018 home-opener against Eastern Kentucky will be played one day earlier than originally scheduled as the Cardinals and Colonels will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks As A Jazz – So Far (Video)

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Donny Dunks. Spida. NBA Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Champion. Here is a compilation of his best dunks of the year….so far. Enjoy!

Donovan Petitions To Get His NBA 2K Dunk Rating Raised

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When the creators of NBA 2K put Donovan Mitchell’s dunk rating at a 50/100, we all knew he was being grossly overlooked. After dominating at the All-Star Dunk Contest this weekend, Donovan started a petition to get his score raised, and it worked!

Donovan Mitchell’s Biggest Supporter (Video)

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Photo Courtesy of Donovan Mitchell’s Instagram

Donovan Mitchell won over Louisville fan’s hearts during his two years as a cardinal. It did not take long for him to win over Utah fans and he continued to win over the rest of the NBA fan base this weekend. Donovan talked to the media about why it was so important for him to include his sister, Jordan, in one of his dunks during the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting Every First Round Pick If All The Players Were Lamar Jackson

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Ryan Day with SBNation predicted what would happen if the top ten picks in the NFL draft – picked Lamar Jackson. While it is still too early to get a grasp on what the draft will look like, I think this is a solid start.

UofL Football Lands Commitment From Local 2019 WR

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UofL Football Coach Bobby Petrino is recruiting the city of Louisville hard for 2019. He just picked up his first commitment from Butler Traditional High School 3 Star WR Demontae “Tae Tae” Crumes.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs North Carolina

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The Louisville Men’s Basketball team returned to action on Saturday to take on ACC foe North Carolina. The Tar Heels came into the game ranked 14th in the country and Louisville was looking to score a signature win. However, the Tar Heels did not want to cooperate and shot 44% from 3 to beat the Cards 93-76.

The Cards rebounding struggles continued as they got out rebounded by 12, including 17 offensive rebounds for UNC. These offensive rebounds led to 22 second chance points for North Carolina. Coach Padgett said after the game that their offense was not the problem, this was reflected in the fact that the Cards shot 45% from the field. Louisville also shot well from 3 as they ended up shooting 41%. Missed free throws were an issue, with Louisville only shooting 59% on 22 free throw attempts.

Louisville was led by Deng Adel, who returned from an injury that sidelined him for the past 2 games. Adel scored 20 on 12 shots and dished out 6 assists. Ray Spalding also had a good showing, putting up 18 points and 12 rebounds. Quentin Snider had a quiet 12 points, but only had 1 assist.

The Cards face an even tougher test on Wednesday. The Cards will take on No. 12 Duke at Cameron Indoor at 9 PM in 4 days. Coach Padgett said Duke is one of the most talented teams in the country, so the Cards will have another opportunity for a signature win as the NCAA tournament looms on the horizon.

Go Cards!

Donovan Mitchell Is The Slam Dunk Champ Baby

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Donovan Mitchell is arguably the hottest rookie in the NBA right now. He’s won multiple NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, played well in the Rising Stars game, is leading all rookies in scoring, and is battling out Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year.

You can now add NBA Slam Dunk Champion to his ever-growing list of accolades.

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Louisville vs North Carolina: Pregame Breakdown

Louisville kicks off their crucial 5-game stretch tonight against visiting No. 14 North Carolina at 8:15pm on ESPN. The Cardinals currently sit as 1-point favorites.

North Carolina is led by Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Luke Maye. All three players had major roles in last year’s title run for UNC so experience definitely favors the Tar Heels. UNC also rebounds and passes the ball well. Louisville will have to crash the boards and disrupt some passing lanes in order to knock off the Tar Heels.

Louisville enters the last 5 games of their schedule needing to go 3-2. Three of the next 5 games come against highly ranked opponents in UNC, at Duke, and Virginia. Louisville needs to win one of those three and tonight’s game seems to be the most winnable. If the Cards win tonight, 4-1 is possible if they can knock off Duke or Virginia. If the Cards lose, they’ll have two more chances to grab a marquee victory, but they’ll likely be more difficult than tonight. The Cards get it done tonight and take a big step forward.

Louisville 80 – North Carolina 75

Go Cards!

David Padgett And Jordan Nwora Preview UNC

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Head coach David Padgett spoke with the media today where he talked about the matchup with UNC on Saturday night, Deng Adel injury and that he doesn’t plan to wear a white suit but his wife will be making the decision on his attire for the game

Reigning ACC Rookie of the Week, Jordan Nwora, also spoke to the media. Along with talking about the UNC matchup, he also talked about how he was notified that he had won the award and that he would like himself, or one of his teammates, to win it again before the end of the season.

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks At UofL (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell is set to compete in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest tomorrow night as a rookie. WLKY put together a video of some of his best dunks while wearing the UofL uniform. Take a look below!

Louisville Turns 11 Point Deficit Into 35 Point Victory Over Boston College

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Chestnut Hill, MA — The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals converted 20 Boston College turnovers into 35 points in an 87 – 52 blowout. But, the game was not all smooth sailing for the Cardinals.

The Louisville Cardinals were down 11 points at the end of the first quarter. Shooting only 33% and losing the battle on the board, Louisville could not pull within striking distance. Georgia Pineau was the x-factor for Boston College. The sophomore knocked down 11 points, seemingly scoring at will. The Cardinals also struggled to stop Milan Bolden-Morris who connected on two triples.

However, the Eagles slipped up and let both Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr heat up in the second period. The Cardinals chipped away at the 11 point lead as Durr connected on a triple and Sam Fuehring scored on a jump shot. But, the Eagles fired back as Martina Mosetti scored on an easy layup with 5:40 remaining in the half. Louisville took a much needed timeout.

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Louisville Football Players Give Updates On Winter Workouts

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Jawon Pass, Lukayus McNeil, Jonathan Greenard and PJ Mbanasor met with the media today to give some updates on various topics.

PRESS RELEASE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The footballs have been put away until the start of spring practice in March, but it hasn’t stopped the University of Louisville football team from putting in the work ahead of the 2018 season.

Facing defending national champion Alabama in their first game, the Cardinals have been grinding the last five weeks in preparation for what will be one of the most challenging openers in school history.

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NBA To Louisville Update

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Here is the latest on the NBA to Louisville movement:

Donovan Mitchell Pens Note On Shoes

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The 18th school shooting of 2018 happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida. 17 people have fallen victim to this tragedy, and it has brought to everyone’s attention back to the gun violence America is facing. Donovan Mitchell took this tragedy to heart – as his mom is a school teacher. For last night’s game, he simply wrote “Pray for Parkland” and “End gun violence” on his shoes. Donovan has his stage, and he is using it the best he can.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone continue keep the community of Parkland, Florida in our thoughts and prayers.

Myisha Hines-Allen Receives Valentine’s Gift From Kyrie Irving

Forget flowers and candy, Kyrie Irving gifted his shoes to Myisha Hines-Allen before the Celtics game on Valentine’s Day.

Check out Myisha’s priceless reaction.

** I mean, Jemele ain’t lying. **

D1 Baseball Releases 2018 Preseason Projected Field Of 64

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College baseball is finally here! D1 Baseball released their preseason projected field of 64, and they have Louisville as a top 16 seed hosting a regional! You can see the complete breakdown below.

The Cardinals open up the season this weekend in Charleston and will be back in town to host EKU on Wednesday, February 21st at 3 PM. Be sure to get your tickets today!

Sports Illustrated Q&A With Donovan Mitchell

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“365 days ago I was watching All-Star in my dorm room. And now my teammates are texting me ideas on what to do in the dunk contest. It’s been a whirlwind. I’m truly blessed and truly honored.” – Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell was selected 13th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Draft. Now, he has been selected to play in the Rising Stars Game presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart and the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest all while participating in community events throughout the break as well. The Jazz are currently on a 10 game winning streak – with a big thanks to Donovan. While Donovan maintains his pace to be Rookie of the Year in the NBA, his biggest goal is to make the playoffs with his teammates. You can read the full interview with The Crossover below.

2013 Sugar Bowl Champions Reunite For Autograph Signing

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Marcus Smith, Preston Brown, Senorise Perry and Jamon Brown will hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, February 24th at Savory Fitness. The event will take place from 1-3 PM and proceeds will go towards the foundations of the athletes present. For more information go to LouisvilleSugarBowlReunion.eventbrite.com.