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2017 UofL Baseball Media Day Presser

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

Today was the kickoff to Baseball season as Baseball Media Day was held. The #6 Cards 2017 season starts Friday in Clearwater vs Alabama State. Here’s the presser:

 

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Louisville at Syracuse: Postgame Recap

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It may have taken 5 extra minutes, but Louisville earned a big ACC road win tonight against old Big East foe, Syracuse by a score of 76-72.

The Cards battled the Orange all night after leading by double-digits in the first half, Syracuse cut the lead to 4 by halftime. The 2nd half was spent exchanging ties and leads and ultimately an unsuccessful half court heave by Quentin Snider at the buzzer pushed the game into overtime. Louisville played the entire 5-minute segment of OT without star Donovan Mitchell, who fouled out with 3:01 remaining in regulation, but a big 3 and and-1 (missed the free throw) by Ryan McMahon and some big plays and free throws by Anas Mahmoud helped the Cards outlast the Orange by a final score of 76-72.

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Cards Fall In Latest AP Top 25

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After a loss to Virginia and a win vs Miami,  the Cards drop from #4 to #8 in his weeks AP poll. Here is your top 10 for this week…img_5204img_5205

Louisville at Syracuse: Pregame Breakdown

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After avoiding what would’ve been their first set of consecutive losses this season with their comeback win over Miami, Louisville travels to the Carrier Dome to take on old Big East rival Syracuse tonight at 7pm on ESPN.

Last year, Syracuse endured a suspension for Jim Boeheim, made the tournament on the bubble, and to top it all off, went to the Final Four against all odds. Many pieces are missing from that Final Four team, so many people expected Syracuse to take a step back this year. While they did at the beginning, and they’re still not where they want to be, the Orange have wins over Florida State and Virginia and sit at 8-5 in ACC play. They aren’t world beaters or favorites for the tournament (if they make it), but the Orange certainly have statements they need to make to impress the tournament committee, a win against the top-10 Cards tonight would do just that.

Syracuse is led by senior guard Andrew White III with 17.7 PPG, sophomore forward Tyler Lydon anchors the frontcourt load with 13.3 PPG and 7.8 RPG, while senior guard John Gillion facilitates the offense with 5.3 APG (ranks 4th in the ACC). Syracuse is a solid offensive team at 76.7 PPG compared to Louisville’s 77.2 PPG. However, their defense isn’t all that great (70.0 PPGA compared to Louisville’s 62.8 PPGA). Jim Boeheim’s tenure at Syracuse has been the era of the unbeatable, long, athletic 2-3 zone, but this team isn’t as defensively efficient as past teams under Boeheim.

While this is a rivalry game and these games are more unpredictable than others, I don’t see Louisville having trouble tonight. This season, when Louisville has gone up against a team whose focus is offense, Louisville has had the upper hand. Tonight will be no different. Q will continue to settle in, Deng and Mangok will build on their comeback performances, and Donovan will continue to shine tonight.

Louisville 81-Syracuse 68.

Go Cards!

Meet the Softball Cards!

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With the 2017 Softball season roaring into gear, I figured it would be a perfect time for all Louisville fans to meet our great softball team!

Sydney Warinner/RHP/New Albany, Ohio

Michala Riggle/C & 1B/Louisville, KY

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Coach McDonnell Shares Advice For Parents

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Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell share some advise to parents who have a son or daughter who aspire to play at the collegiate level in this interview with The Travel Ball Dad. Dan is a great speaker and is always insightful. Thia is a great interview. Enjoy!

Rick Pitino Celebrates 4 Point Play

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We had a tough battle Saturday and there very few bright spots. One that pumped me up the most was coach Rick Pitino getting hype once UL took control of the game. My guy Troy Turbeville @tville73 put together a clip & shared it with everyone. I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy.

Louisville vs Miami Postgame Pressers

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Photo: YouTube.com

 

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Donovan Mitchell

 

Deng Adel

 

Quentin Snider

 

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Miami: Postgame Recap

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It may not have been pretty, the Cards may not have covered the spread, but the Louisville Cardinals bounced back from Monday’s loss and defeated the Miami Hurricanes 71-66.

With just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, Louisville found themselves in a 14-point hole. They’d go on to cut that lead in half by halftime, ending the first segment of play down 33-26. The Cardinals trailed most of the second half until a 13-0 run pushed them ahead of the Canes 61-53 with 3:59 to play. The Canes answered with an 8-0 run of their own to tie the score 61-61 with 1:56 left but a couple free throws and a big time 3 by the Louisville native Quentin Snider gave the Cards a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

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Louisville vs Miami: Pregame Breakdown

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After nearly a week long break from Monday’s shorthanded loss at Virginia, the Cards are back in action today by hosting Miami at 2pm on ESPN.

Today, Louisville will have 3 of the 4 players they sorely missed on Monday, Quentin Snider returns from his hip injury that sidelined him for 6 games and Mangok Mathiang and Deng Adel are both back after serving their 1-game suspension for missing curfew. Tony Hicks still has some recovering to do, but the Cards are getting everyone back at the right time.

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Softball Starts Season With 2 Impressive Wins

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The ladies kicked off the season in Las Vegas playing in the UNLV Sportco Kick Off Classic. Louisville won their first 2 games on day one beating Southern Utah 17-3 and beating CSU Bakersfield 13-2.

After 3 more games this weekend, The Cards play in the ACC/Big 10 challenge vs Purdue and Ohio State next weekend. The following weekend they travel to Cathedral City, CA for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

After playing their first 14 games on the road, the ladies first home game at Ulmer Stadium in the Red & Black Tournament is on March 3rd at 3:00 versus Indiana State followed by a 5:30 game versus Wisconsin-Green Bay. Admission is free.


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Spring Game Date Announced

 

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Photo: nytimes.com

Dates for Spring practices and Spring Game announced. Read the rest of this entry

Top 25 Returning College Football Players For 2017

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Pro Football Focus has released their list of the top 25 college football players from last season that will be playing again this season. Spoiler Alert – 3 Louisville Cardinals made the list. Check it out here,

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Donovan Mitchell Makes Top 30 List For Naismith Player The Year

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Ever since Rick Pitino told Donovan Mitchell to stop counting his misses and just play basketball, he has been on fire. His season was already going pretty well but lately his game has been elevated to another level. People outside of Louisville are starting to notice as well. Mitchell is rapidly rising up the NBA mock drafts and now has been named a top 30 candidate for the player if the year.

The Nest Episode 7: Deng It Mango!

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On this episode we break down the highs of a win against Boston College and the lows of a loss to Virginia. We address missed curfew-gate and also dive into a preview of the Miami and Syracuse games. Stu from Cardinal Phone Repair stops by and we discuss the worst sports analysts past and present. You will NOT want to miss this episode!

Nunnsense: 3 Losses That Prove Louisville Is Final Four Worthy

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I’m not a moral victory guy and I don’t make excuses when we lose. But if you look closely at 3 of Louisville’s losses this season you will see just how good this team really is and potentially how good they can be. I want to take a closer look at the losses to Baylor, Florida State and Monday night’s game at Virginia to point out a few things that I believe prove Louisville is a Final Four team. Keep in mind that making the Final Four is all about match-ups and what bracket you are seeded in. The best team doesn’t always win the tournament but there is no team out there that I would be scared for Louisville to play this year. Read the rest of this entry

Quentin Snider Returns!

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The prodigal son returns….probably.

A Tale Of Two Cultures

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Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.

Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.

How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.

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Poll Position: February 6th

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Here are how the Cardinals fared this week in the polls released this morning:

AP: 4th

Coaches: 4th

Next Up:

Tonight at #12/13 Virginia 7pm ESPN

Saturday vs Miami 2pm ESPN2

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Louisville at Virginia: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals travel to Virginia to take on the No. 12 Cavaliers tonight at 7pm on ESPN, in a game that’s sure to be a low-scoring offensive struggle.

It’s no secret that Virginia has had their way with the Cards since Louisville entered the ACC. Many people go as far to say that Tony Bennett is Rick Pitino’s kryptonite when comes to these head-to-head matchups. No one fully knows why, but it’s painfully obvious Louisville struggles against the patented-Virginia Packline defense. Louisville has yet to score 60 points against Virginia during their time in the ACC and only has 1 win against the Cavaliers. Add in injuries to Quentin Snider and Tony Hicks, along with suspensions for Mangok Mathiang and Deng Adel, and now you’ve got a historically struggle of a game with only 7 scholarship players.

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