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Welcome Back NCAA Tournament

It was announced today that the NCAA has chosen Louisville to host a Regional in the NCAA Tournament. The KFC YUM! Center will open its doors the weekend of March 28th and 30th. Louisville last hosted the big dance in 2016 and hosted eventual champion Villanova.

The most exciting part of this news is that the city is on display nationally.  Congrats to the city of Louisville.

http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2017-04-18/2019-2022-future-di-ncaa-championship-sites

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Around the Bases: April 18, 2017

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It was another week of dominance for Louisville baseball, as the Cards reeled off another 4-0 mark with a sweep of Purdue and their road trip in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. The Cardinals enter this week with an astonishing 31-4 record, and now a full game ahead of Clemson for the ACC Atlantic Division lead.

Up next, the Cardinals look to continue their stretch with a trip down I-64 to face #10 Kentucky, and a weekend matchup against Duke.

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Las Vegas Odds To Win 2017 CFB Championship

 

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Mic’d Up At The Louisville Football Spring Game

 

The fine folks at the University of Louisville mic’d up some of the legends of Cardinal Football for the Wendy’s Wonderful Spring Game on Saturday. Here is footage of that. Enjoy!

BucketHatism: Spring Game

ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Please be seated.  Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of the long 4 1/2 month wait for tailgating, horrible football taeks, bold ACC predictions, and CARDS-FIRST-DOWN chants (more on this later).   Sure the baseball team is rolling through Spring with it’s eyes set on Omaha.  The NBA Playoffs also known as “when the pros actually try” has begun but lets not act like the dead period is not quickly approaching.  So if you didn’t make it out to the Spring Game I would suggest you invest in YouTube and catch some old games. Fact of the matter is, the Spring Game is just a nice fix until September.

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KDF Basketball Classic Photo Gallery And Wrap Up

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The Louisville Cardinals had 4 signees participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic basketball game held at Freedom Hall on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,812. This was many fans first and last chance to see them before they put on a Cardinal uniform.  You can’t judge what type of player they will be in college by their performance in this game. You can, however, judge their personality and character.

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Notes From The Spring Game

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Louisville Football put on a semi-competitive showcase for the first time since the Citrus Bowl in the annual spring game, and as expected, reigning Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson did what he did best and lit up the scoreboard in front of the announced crowd of 14,000.

The junior quarterback was 19-36 through the air for 346 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a rushing score for the Red team. Second string quarterback Jawon Pass, who started for the White team, didn’t have quite the outing that Jackson did, as he threw for 20-37, as well as 4 interceptions, including a pick-six by Jaire Alexander. However, it is worth noting that 3 of his 4 picks came off of deflected balls.

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Darius Perry KDF Dunk Contest Finals Video & Photos

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Darius Perry was not even originally scheduled to be a participant in the KDF Dunk Contest but when Lance Thomas decided not to do it, Darius stepped up and made it to the finals. He didn’t win but his attempts are worth watching especially since he had help with future teammate (I hope), Donovan Mitchell. Darius played a nice game and scored 22 points in front of a crowd of 4,812 in Freedom Hall. Here are some pictures and videos of Darius. Full photo gallery from the game will be posted soon so please check back with us for photos of all 4 future Cards. Read the rest of this entry

Kyle Bolin To Transfer From U of L

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U of L quarterback Kyle Bolin has decided to transfer from the school, per reports.

Bolin, who was scheduled to be a fifth year senior at Louisville, announced his transfer just hours after appearing in Saturday’s Spring Game. While Kyle did not play in the spring game, his brother, Clay, earned reps late in the scrimmage and will be on the roster for 2017.

Bolin will graduate in May and is down to Texas, Cincinnati, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan for his choices as a fifth-year senior transfer.

Bolin arrived in 2013 and appeared for Louisville on occasion as a starter and relieving backup. He is most known for coming off the bench to defeat Kentucky in the 2014 edition of the rivalry game, throwing for 381 yards and three touchdowns in the 44-40 instant classic. Bolin started in eight games in his Louisville career, including the 2014 Belk Bowl.

 

2017 UofL Football Spring Game Presser

Me, LJ & Matt ventured out to **CS to watch this year’s Spring Game. Yes I bleeped out the Pee & Jay. Seen a ton of awesome people out today. We will have a breakdown of the game in a little bit but first check out the press conference from after.

Louisville Baseball Sweeps Georgia Tech And Beat Purdue

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The Louisville Baseball Cardinals continued their dominant season by going 4-0 against Purdue and Georgia Tech this past week, and outscoring them 31-7. This now puts the number two team in the nation at 31-4 overall, and 15-3 in ACC play.

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Ky Derby Festival Night of Future Stars Photo Gallery

Our guy Jeff Nunn was out last night & took some photos for the site at the night of the future stars!

Darius Dunks As Donovan And Deng Watch at The KY Derby Festival Dunk Contest

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The Ky Derby Festival night of Future Stars was held tonight in New Albany at Indiana University Southeast. The athletes competed in 2 on 2 competition, 3 point and dunk contests. The finals of the 3 point and dunk contests will be held tomorrow night at halftime of the Derby Festival Classic held at Freedom Hall. Louisville commit, Darius Perry, made the finals of the dunk contest after hammering home the final dunk of the night. It was a dunk that Donovan Mitchell told him to try. Perry also told me that Mitchell gave him a dunk to try in the finals but wouldn’t reveal what dunk he will attempt. Donovan and Deng Adel both were both in attendance tonight for the dunk contest.  Read the rest of this entry

Tom Jurich vs “Better” Ingredients

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the rant about athletics that board member John Schnatter spewed during the University of Louisville Board meeting this week. If not, I’ll provide a brief summary of the complaints from the pizza entrepreneur against Louisville AD Tom Jurich.

Simply put, Papa John stated his concerns over the lack of leadership within the athletic department, calling the leadership “invisible”, and saying the university’s problems will not be solved until there is a “handle on athletics”. First things first, to say the university’s problems stem from the athletic department is outrageous. John wasn’t referencing the NCAA investigation, he simply challenged Jurich’s ability to successfully lead the department in which he, Jurich, has brought to fruition since his arrival.

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NBC Sports Released Their College Basketball Way-Too -Early Preseason Top 25

 

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Most of these ranking will change after the NBA declaration deadline but until we know who stays and who goes,we can just speculate and enjoy these projected rankings. I believe Louisville will be top 5 regardless of who decides to turn pro. But for now just check out the latest preseason projection and think about next year. Read the rest of this entry

Dae Williams Tears ACL In Practice

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Louisville Running Back Dae Williams tore his ACL in practice last week, the football program announced. Although there is a slight shot he will still see action this upcoming season, most indicators point to his 2017 season coming to a premature end. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Rosters Announced For Spring Game

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This morning on Twitter, the Louisville football program announced the rosters for this Saturday’s spring game. The annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game will kick off at 1pm at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Matz Is Transferring…

In a move that was expected & speculated upon all summer, Kenny Klein and the University of Louisville announced that Jr Matz Stockman will transfer to Minnesota. We wish Matz madness the best of luck going forward.

Around the Bases: April 11, 2017

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Another week in the books for the Cardinals, who remain the #2 team in five of the six major polls in the country after a 3-1 week against top-20 opponents Kentucky and Wake Forest. Louisville survived a late rally from UK to win their sixth straight game in the rivalry, while Louisville needed a pair of close victories to take the Wake Forest series.

Up next, U of L will host Purdue before taking a road trip to face Georgia Tech.

The Batting Order

1. Rivalry Dominance Continues

With the 5-3 win over UK on Tuesday, the Cardinals have won six straight games against the Wildcats, and have won 13 straight against in-state foes. The Cards have three games remaining against foes from the Bluegrass State; two on the road against Kentucky and EKU, and a matchup against Northern Kentucky at Slugger Field in the next three weeks.

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South Carolina DE Boosie Whitlow Transfers to Louisville

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After a recent visit, second year Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Boosie Whitlow has chosen the University of Louisville as his landing spot after choosing to transfer from the South Carolina Gamecocks.