Several players and coach Pitono talked to the media today and had some interesting things to say.
While unimpressive for the majority of the game, Louisville managed to put together a solid enough performance to advance past Jacksonville State by a score of 78-63.
I say unimpressive because Louisville struggled for most of the first half and Donovan Mitchell never really got it going except for a 7-point burst to put the Gamecocks away, for good.
Mitchell finished with 9 points, but added 3 steals and 10 rebounds, he also played outstanding defense all-around. Deng Adel continued his strong play with 16 points on 6-7 shooting. Quentin Snider added 16 points. Ray Spalding had an efficient 4-4 with 11 points. However, Mangok Mathiang led the team with 18 points and set the tone for the Cards from the tip.
Up next: the Cards will play Michigan on Sunday at likely either 12pm or 2:45pm. The Wolverines are one the nation’s hottest teams, so it’ll be a toughly fought game of offense vs defense.
The first one is over with. The Cards advanced and that’s all that matters this time of year. Looking sloppy at times, but seeing the press work effectively both in creating opportunities and wearing down the opponent was reassuring. Let’s keep it going.
After a year of no postseason basketball, Louisville opens their NCAA tournament as the 2-seed in the Midwest region against 15-seed Jacksonville State today in Indianapolis at approximately 2:45 on CBS.
Jacksonville State earned its bid against most odds by knocking off the 1 and 2 seed enroute to their conference championship. This is the first time the Gamecocks will appear in an NCAA tournament game, thanks to new coach Ray Harper. Harper may be new to Jacksonville State, but he’s no stranger to Louisville. He was the infamous coach of the WKU team remembered vividly among Cardinal fans for the incident with 4 Hilltoppers and Montrezl Harrell a few years ago.
It’s March and all eyes are on the top 10 men’s basketball team, the top 12 women’s basketball team and the number 1 college baseball team. All three of those teams deserve every ounce of praise and respect that the get. They have earned it and we are all very proud of them. Read the rest of this entry
With four more wins to enter St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a now 15-0 start, the Cardinals have finally reached number one in four of the six major polls. This is the first time the Cardinal Nine have reached the number one spot in their 100-year history.
Up next, the Cardinals look to not only retain their number one ranking, but reach their hottest start in the program’s history. U of L will open the week against Xavier, then have another ACC home stand against division foe Boston College.
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As Matt McGavic wrote on Monday, U of L has earned their first number one ranking in the program’s 100-year history. The Cards came in at the top spot on the Perfect Game, Baseball America, USA Today/Coaches Poll. D1baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper did not have Louisville as their #1 team; the Cards were one point behind Oregon State in the CBN poll on Monday, while they were ranked fourth in the D1baseball.com poll behind Florida State, Oregon State and TCU.
The field is set and your Louisville Women grabbed a four seed in the OKC Region.
As a four seed, the Cardinals earned home court advantage for the first and second rounds. Louisville will face 13-seed Chattanooga on Saturday at 1:30PM.
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For the first time in school history, the Louisville Cardinals baseball team is the number one team in the polls. The Baseball America polls were released this morning, and the Cards jumped Oregon State, Florida, Florida State and preseason number one TCU to take the top spot. The National College Baseball Writers Association, Perfect Game College Baseball and the USA Today Coaches Poll also have the Cards atop the college baseball polls. This past week, they went 4-0 as they defeated Fort Wayne and swept ACC foe Pittsburgh. They stand at 15-0 on the season and are the only remaining undefeated team in baseball. They play Xavier this Wednesday at noon, where they look to chase down the school record to best start to the season (17-0 in 1957).
Of the six major polls, only Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and D1baseball.com prevented the Cards from earning a consensus #1 ranking. CBN had the Cards at #2, one point behind top-rank Oregon State (14-1). D1baseball has the Cards rising one spot to #4 behind Florida State, Oregon State and TCU.
According to Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Sherman, the Louisville Cardinals have the eighth best odds to win the NCAA National Championship at 12/1. The Cards take on Jacksonville State this Friday in Indianapolis, with a time TBD.
Louisville received a 2 seed in the Midwest and will play on Friday in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Arena. Game time is still to be determined. Assuming Louisville beats JVST in the first round, they will play on Sunday against either Michigan or Oklahoma State. Again, game time is to be determined. Check back with Cardinal Sports Zone and we will put out the times once they are announced.
Well, against most of the nation’s wishes (*cough cough* Lunardi and Jerry Palm), Louisville has drawn the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.
Louisville will face former WKU head coach Ray Harper’s Jacksonsville State in the opening round. Michigan is the 7-seed pitted against the 10-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys. The 3-seed is Oregon, who fell a seed line after losing senior Chris Boucher to a torn-ACL. Purdue is the 4-seed and Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.
This really couldn’t have been a better draw for the Cardinals. A 2-seed and the 3-seed being Oregon without their shot-blocking big man is more than anyone could have asked for. Now the Cards have to take care of business, let the Madness ensue.
Also, cool stat, the only 2 times Louisville has been a 2-seed? 1980 and 1986, anyways, carry on.
Here are today’s pressers from after game 3 vs Pitt to take the Cards to 15-0. Just a reminder: The Cards best start in history is 17-0. With wins Wednesday vs Xavier & a win vs BC on Friday, the Cards would be poised to make history. BC is no pushover in baseball with a win over #2 FSU. Good luck Cards #LetsMakeHistory
The Louisville baseball Cardinals continue their hot streak to open the 2017 season by going 4-0 the past week against the Fort Wayne Mastodons and the Pittsburgh Panthers. The scheduled Tuesday game at Eastern Kentucky had to be postponed due to inclement weather. Their record on the season now stands at 15-0, and are currently the only remaining undefeated team in Division I baseball
Here are today’s pressers from after game 2 vs Pitt to take the Cards to 14-0. We will add more as they become available. Just a reminder: The Cards best start in history is 17-0. With wins tomorrow vs Pitt, Wednesday vs Xavier & a win vs BC on Friday, the Cards would be poised to make history. BC is no pushover in baseball with a win over #2 FSU. Good luck Cards #LetsMakeHistory
After opening up a 12-point lead with 13 minutes left to play, the Cards failed to put Duke away and watched as the Blue Devils cut short Louisville’s first ACC tournament appearance since 2015 by a final score of 81-77.
Once again, free throw shooting proved to be this team’s Achilles heel. Louisville shot 15-26 from the line and to add to that the Cards shot an abysmal 4-21 from 3-point range. Even with those horrific shooting numbers, Louisville still led the majority of the game, only to crumble down the stretch, both offensively and defensively.