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The Overreaction Of Louisville Twitter

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It sucks…….we know.  You know, I know, CardNation knows.

While we all wished Donovan Mitchell luck and will cheer like hell when his name is called next month in the NBA draft, part of us now only have to wonder what could have been had he returned. But he isn’t and all we have is great memories and insane one handed dunk highlights.

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Two More Transfer from Women’s Hoops

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Sophomore Brianna Jones and freshman Ciera Johnson will transfer from the University of Louisville.

Johnson was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016. She played in 37 games for the Cardinals, averaging 4-points and 2.3 rebounds.

Jones entered Louisville as a five star recruit and played in 43 games during her tenure with the Cardinals.

Both players are looking to expand their minutes. Which is certainly understandable considering Louisville is welcoming a top four recruiting class that boasts three 5-stars.

Card Nation will certainly miss these two outstanding young women and we wish them both the very best at the new schools.

Yesterday, CSZ reported that junior Mariya Moore would transfer to a school on the west coast so she could play closer to her home.

While the Cardinals have lost three players this week, Louisville is bringing in the fourth ranked class. The 2017 class boasts three 5-star rated players, two of which were McDonald’s All-Americans.

Alphonso Carter Announces Transfer

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Cardinal cornerback Alphonso Carter announced via Twitter that he was released from the team after meeting with Coach Bobby Petrino and will be transferring to another school to continue his eligibility.  Carter was suspended indefinitely last fall after he was pulled over by LMPD and there was a loaded gun found in the car.  Although he was facing felony gun possession, he was eventually charged with misdemeanor gun charges to which he plead guilty to.

Carter,  6’3 corner who originally transferred from Tennessee to Louisville has already earned his Bachelor’s degree and will be eligible to play immediately in the fall of 2017.  Carter is the second cornerback to transfer in the past few weeks as Shaq Wiggins also announced he will be leaving UofL.   We here at CSZ wish Alphonso good luck wherever he winds up playing next season.

No. 8 Louisville overcomes No. 25 Syracuse in ACC Opener

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Post from SB Nation’s Swish Appeal. Please visit SwishAppeal.com to see more of Paige’s work as well as other women’s college hoops stories.
Louisville, KY — The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat No. 25 Syracuse Orange, 91-76.
In typical ACC fashion, this matchup was nothing short of dramatic. The Cardinals, down 12 at one point in the first period, fought back to a 15-point victory. Mariya Moore notched her first career triple-double with 11 points, 11 boards, and 10-assists, while Myisha Hines-Allen picked up her 5th double-double on the season.

But, it was Asia Durr who stole the show. Durr posted a career-high 36 points, 34 of which came in the second half.

“The first half, I was ready to give the money back to our fans for our effort that we gave, which was less than desirable.” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said in his post game interview. “We came out flat, we did not look excited.”

Louisville started out cold, shooting only 22-percent in the first period. The Cardinals struggled with the smothering Syracuse defense. Louisville committed 7-turnovers, allowing the Orange to convert the turnovers into 7-points.

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Great Expectations: The Louisville Women Look to Fly High

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Louisville, KY – Louisville Women’s Basketball is back and the expectations are high. The Cardinals ring in the season tabbed fifth in the preseason Associate Press poll.

It’s safe to say, the Cardinals are all in this season. Coming off an unexpected end in the post-season, this team touts the talent and focus to meet their high expectations.

With the season tipping off in a week, here are a few quick observations:

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Nunnsense: Donovan Will Not Replace Pitino When He Retires

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Billy Donovan will not replace Rick Pitino when he retires from coaching basketball at The University of Louisville. Donovan will likely never coach in the college ranks again. Donovan, in his first year as the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach, has taken his team to within 1 game of the NBA finals. If the Thunder can win 1 of the next 3 games against the Warriors, then he will have reached a level of success that will more than likely assure him to always be an NBA coach. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: Should Onuaku Stay Or Go?

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On Wednesday, May 25th, Louisville Center Chinanu Onuaku will have to decide if he will remain in this years NBA draft or if he will return to Louisville for his junior season. Everyone has an opinion on his future and I am no different. When I stared as a contributor for Cardinal Sports Zone I said I would always keep it real. I intend to keep it real as I give you my opinion of Onuaku’s future. It’s hard as a fan to remove our selfish desires and look at the whole picture but I intend to do my best. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville WBB: NCAA Tourney & Ticket Info

 

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The University of Louisville Women’s Basketball team is making their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, eighth under head coach Jeff Walz.

Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals’ 25-7 record earned the ladies a three seed on Selection Monday, landing in the Dallas region.

The Cardinals lace up their dancing shoes on Friday as they tip-off against the 14th-seeded Central Arkansas at 2:30 PM.

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WBB Bracketology: Charlie Creme’s Latest Projections

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Charlie Creme (the ‘Joe Lunardi’ of women’s college hoops) posted his latest Bracketology for the Women’s NCAA Tournament.

Despite falling to Syracuse in the ACC Women’s Tournament, Creme has Louisville sitting pretty.

Here’s what you need to know:

Creme is projecting Louisville as a three-seed in the Lexington region.

He also has Louisville hosting the first and second round at the KFC Yum! Center.

Of course, we won’t know the final seedings until Selection Monday on March 14th.

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No. 7 Louisville Returns to the Stage to Battle No. 17 Syracuse


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The Louisville Cardinals squashed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday evening to advance to the ACC Women’s Tournament semifinals. The Cardinals will face the third-seeded Syracuse Orange in a battle for the ACC Women’s Championship.
Greensboro, NC — The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals keep on dancing as they face No. 17 Syracuse in the ACC Women’s Tournament semifinals.

The No. 17 Syracuse Orange finished the regular season strong winning the final nine contests of the season. The Orange racked up wins against then No. 16/17 Miami at Miami and then No. 10/9 Florida State at the Carrier Dome.

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Nunnsense: Will You Find Your Reason To Watch March Madness?

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It’s been well documented that the University of Louisville men’s basketball team will not be playing in this seasons edition of March Madness. There will however, be quite a few teams playing from the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Duke and Notre Dame are all locks to be included (in my opinion). Clemson, Pittsburgh and Syracuse  are on the bubble.

Are you loyal to the conference or will you cheer for a local team? I do not subscribe to the theory of cheering for a team because of conference affiliation. I know people do it in football every year and  I think it makes them look ignorant. Pounding you chest and screaming “ACC, ACC” after an ACC team wins a title makes you seem as if your team was not good enough so you found an alternate way to run your mouth.

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No. 10 Louisville, Myisha Hines-Allen Close Out the Regular Season with a BANG!

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Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals finished the regular season with a huge 65-36 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Cardinals came out strong in the first period out scoring the Pittsburgh Panthers, 27-6. Louisville won the tip and scored first as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two.

Hines-Allen grabbed a quick six points and Briahanna Jackson added two to put the Cardinals up, 8-0, and forcing a Pittsburgh timeout.

The Louisville defense held the Panthers scoreless until the 4:37 mark when Brenna Wise drove to the bucket for a lay-up, bringing the score to 14-2.

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Nunnsense: Are We Giving Too Much Love To Lee And Lewis?

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On Saturday, March 5th, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Louisville men’s basketball season will come to a premature end. A self-imposed post season ban was issued by President Ramsey and athletic director Jurich due to findings from an internal investigation of possible NCAA violations. Although the NCAA has not concluded their investigation, the University acted upon their own findings in attempt to lessen future penalties that could be handed down from the NCAA.

In a press conference held on Friday, February 5th, one month prior to the last regular season game, the announcement of the postseason ban was made public. In that press conference, coach Pitino addressed the fans, asking everyone to rally around this team and show them as much love as possible because they were absolutely heartbroken. Pitino specifically mentioned Damion Lee and Trey Lewis.

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This Is It (Highlight Video vs Duke)

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Inspired by the throwback uniforms and the 1986 championship team being  in the house, the Cards pulled off a 71 – 64 victory over Duke keeping their hopes for an ACC championship alive. Here are the highlights….

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It’s a Power Struggle as No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 13 Louisville Battle for the ACC

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Card Nation: Get out to the KFC Yum! Center TODAY, Sunday, February 7th at 2PM to cheer on your 13th ranked Louisville Women’s basketball team.

Tickets are $3 with your Kroger card or with a ticket stub from the men’s Boston College game.

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Roy Williams and UNC players talk loss to Louisville

Here are some videos from after the game from Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, and Isaiah Hicks. Louisville defeated North Carolina 71-65.

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Rick Pitino previews UNC in latest blog

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Start your week off with a quick preview of North Carolina from Rick Pitino in his latest blog. He also recaps the loss to Virginia if you would like to check out the full post, but for me, it’s time to move on to tonight’s game. Here is what Pitino says about the Tar Heels and about the Cards moving forward.

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Highlights: Virginia defeats Louisville 63-47

It happened. Face it, deal with it, and then move on to UNC. Go Cards!

Rick Pitino previews Virginia

Rick Pitino met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game against Virginia. Video and transcript below.

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Opening statement

It’s a big weekend, obviously, with two highly ranked teams and well-coached teams coming in here. What (Virginia) just did to Wake Forest was interesting to say the least. We’re coming off a very good road swing where we — the second game — played probably our worst defensive outing of the year. But I think that had a lot to do with the officiating for both teams. That’s what’s happening in college basketball. That’s why the scoring is up the same way it was in the NBA. Players have to get used to the offensive player banging into you to create fouls, and they’ve got to get used to drawing offensive fouls and holding your plane. The NBA had to get used to it and now the college has to get used to it. That’s why scoring is up because more free throws are being shot.

Q: Do you like the way it’s being called?

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Layup Lines: Louisville @ Virginia Tech

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The Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 5-1) hit the road on Wednesday night and take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-8, 4-3), coached by Buzz Williams, pictured above doing an incredible Buzz Kick. Any road win in the ACC is big, and this one is no different. Virginia Tech is much improved, and it will take an exceptional effort for the Cards to leave Blacksburg with the W. Let’s look over some pregame notes.

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Spread: Louisville opened as 9.5 point favorites.

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