Category Archives: Louisville Athletics

Quentin Snider Out Of Action

Photo Credit to USA Today

Photo Credit to USA Today

 

Moore Leads Louisville Past Miami

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Louisville, KY — In a race to the final buzzer, the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes gave the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals all it could handle. But, it was the Cardinals who emerged victorious, 63-59.

“They are a good team,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said of Miami’s ability to hang in the game. “They’re a top 15, top 12 team. That’s what going to happen.”

The No. 14 Miami Hurricanes entered the game looking for its third road win against a top-25 team. The Hurricanes are 2-1 on the road this season against ranked opponents and 2-2 versus top-15 opponents. Miami, fresh off handing Virginia Tech its first loss of the season, came into the KFC Yum! Center looking for a second consecutive top 15 win.

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WBB: Two Signees Named McDonald’s All American’s

Louisville, KY — Louisville women’s hoops grabs two more McDonald’s All-Americans.

Late last night, ESPNU announced both the girls and boys selections for the McDonald’s All-American game.

Louisville signees Dana Evans (Gary, IN) and Loretta Kakala (CA) were selected to play in girls game. Evans will represent the East, while Kakala will represent the West.

The duo are the 10th and 11th signees in school history to earn the prestigious distinction. All of which have been recruited by Coach Jeff Walz.

Dana Evans, a 5’6 guard, is a five-star prospect currently ranked seventh overall by espnW HoopGurlz.

Earlier this week, Evans’ was also named to the Naismith High School Girl’s Player of the Year Midseason Team.

Loretta Kakala, a 6’3 forward, is also a five-star recruit currently ranked 25th by espnW HoopGurlz.

The McDonald’s All-American Game is on Wednesday, March 29th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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!

Pitino Defends Grayson Allen And Donovan Mitchell Apologizes For Fans Booing

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All of college basketball is aware of the many tripping incidents from Duke’s Grayson Allen. We have also seen temper tantrums when he didn’t get the call he wanted or when he felt he was unjustly called for a foul. Based on what we have seen, we have all formed opinions about what kind of kid he is. Unjustly or not, that is human nature. Rick Pitino knows the players better than any of us and he thinks it’s a reflex.  “I happen to think (the times Allen has tripped opponents), it’s a reflex action like someone throwing an elbow,” Pitino said.

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UL-Duke Post-Game Pressers & Wrap-Up

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Wrap up by @theACCDN

 

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Donovan Mitchell

 

Anas Mahmoud

 

Quentin Snider

 

Mike Summers To Become Louisville’s Next OL Coach

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ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported today that Florida’s Mike Summers will leave Gainesville to become the next Louisville offensive line coach.

The coaching change marks the third in the past week for the Cardinals. Bobby Petrino replaced former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham with Mississippi State DC Peter Sirmon, along with hiring Fresno State defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward for the same position. Chris Klenakis will remain on-staff as the tight ends coach and also play a role in recruiting, after coaching the offensive line the last three seasons

Summers has had an extensive coaching relationship with Petrino. Summers was at Louisville during Petrino’s entire first run (2003-06), coaching three All-Big East linemen (George Bussey, Kurt Quarterman, Renardo Foster) along with former All-American Travis Leffew and first-round draft pick Eric Wood. Summers also coached under Petrino in his tenures with the Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas Razorbacks, and coached at Kentucky from 2010-2012.

While at Florida, Summers’ offensive line allowed only 16 sacks in 2014, a stark contrast from Louisville’s 47 allowed in 2016 (126th in the nation). Summers’ unit allowed 28 sacks last season.

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!

Louisville Football Commit Picks Up Oklahoma Offer

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Russ Yeast has been a solid Louisville commit. He even shut down his recruiting and didn’t take his last 2 official visits. That didn’t stop Oklahoma. They offered him a scholarship yesterday via his Twitter.

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Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 2 – Darius Perry

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Darius Perry is from Wheeler High School in Marietta GA. He is a 4 star point guard that is ranked as the # 48 overall prospect by ESPN and #75 overall prospect nationally and No. 16 point guard by Scout.com. Darius had many offers including Memphis, Miami, Georgia, Alabama, Xavier, Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Darius will likely back up Q next season before taking over as the teams starting point guard. He is known for his tenacious defense and has been compared to Terry Rozier. He committed to Louisville on August 16th and signed November 9th.

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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)

 

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Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

 

Mangok Mathiang

 

Louisville And Miss State Swap Defensive Coordinators

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Breaking News…

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reports  “Mississippi State and Louisville are swapping defensive coordinators. Mississippi State announced Todd Grantham will be its new defensive coordinator after three seasons with Louisville. Peter Sirmon is expected to take Grantham’s spot at Louisville after one season as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator. FootballScoop.com first reported Sirmon’s move to Louisville. Sirmon had been in the mix for Colorado’s defensive coordinator vacancy.”

Under Armour All-American Game MVP To Visit Louisville This Weekend

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Most of the top football recruits have already verbally committed to the college of their choice but a few still have not decided. One of those still undecided is wide receiver Jeff Thomas of East St. Louis (Ill). Thomas is rated by 247sports as the #7 wide receiver in this years class. With three weeks left until signing day, Thomas has visits planned to Louisville (this weekend), Miami and Tennessee. It’s widely believed that the final decision is between Louisville and Miami. It’s also believed that the thought of playing with the Heisman Trophy winner is very intriguing to Thomas. Here is an article from USATODAY about the remaining uncommitted top recruits in this years class. Read the rest of this entry

Cards Drop In Final AP Football Poll

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After a Citrus Bowl loss to LSU, the Cards drop from # 15 to #21. Despite losing the last three games of the season, a top 25 finish to the season isn’t terrible.

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Myisha Hines-Allen Named ACC Co-Player Of The Week

 

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Myisha Hines-Allen was named ACC Womens Basketball co-Player of the Week! She averaged 21 points,  13 rebounds, 3 steals & 2.5 assists per game.

UofL To Play NKU At Slugger Field

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The Louisville Bats announced via Twitter that the Louisville Cardinals will host the Northern Kentucky Norse at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th. This will be U of L’s first game at the downtown baseball stadium since 2003, when the Cardinals earned a 7-5 victory over rival Kentucky.

This also marks one of two college baseball events in 2017. Louisville Slugger Field was also designated as the host for the 2017 ACC Baseball Tournament on May 23rd-28th, after the Atlantic Coast Conference moved it from Charlotte last October.

Tickets are available for $5 from the Louisville Bats ticket office or online, but fans that have already bought an ACC Tournament or weekend package will be able to attend the game for free.

Louisville opens their season with a weekend series on Feb. 17-19 against Alabama State, Maryland and Ball State in Clearwater, FL. The Cardinals begin their home schedule on the 22nd against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky.

Early 2017 College Football National Title Odds

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This years National title game hasn’t even been played yet & the odds for next years winners are already out:

Bama 3-1

FSU 7-1

OhioSt/OU/USC 8-1

UL/LSU/Mich 12-1

Clem 18-1

Texas 25-1

Aub/OkSt/PSU 30-1 via