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Baseball Cards Encounter First Road Bumps Against Cincinnati, NC State

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Going into this past week, the No.1 Louisville Baseball Cardinals had set a school record for best start to the season, going 19-0. However, the Cards had yet to play a road game this season, and faced two equally solid teams in Cincinnati and North Carolina State on the road this past week. They finished the week 2-2 after dropping the game to Cincinnati as well as the series opener to NC State, but went on to and win the series 2-1, to put them at 21-2 on the season.

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Around the Bases: March 21, 2017

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If nothing else for the Louisville baseball team, they continue to be consistent after the first month of the season.

It was another week, another four wins for the Cards as they push their undefeated streak to 19-0. The record is now the hottest in the program’s 100-year history, passing the 17-0 mark set by the 1957 team.

Up next, the Cardinals will make their road trips of the season, starting with tonight’s clash at Cincinnati. U of L will follow that up with a weekend series at NC State.

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Louisville vs Duke: Cards Fall Short In Brooklyn

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.

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Louisville vs Duke: ACC Tournament Rematch

After Louisville lost to Wake Forest last Wednesday, the concern over ACC tournament seeding was very real. Thanks to a bounce-back/revenge victory over Notre Dame on Senior Day, the Cardinals secured a double bye in the ACC. Duke lost to UNC, a game that had the Blue Devils won, would’ve improved Louisville to the 3-seed. Obviously, that’s not how it played out and that’s how we got here, Duke beat Clemson yesterday in a tough fought game and now two of the teams no one wants to see this time of year get to play each other today in Brooklyn at 2pm on ESPN for a Semifinal spot.

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Louisville vs Notre Dame: Senior Day Triumph

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Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

No. 8 Louisville earned a hard fought and well-deserved victory over No. 19 Notre Dame today by a score of 71-64.

The Cards started slow, but ended the first half strong opening a 6-point lead that would be cut down to 3 right before half. The second half started rocky and at times seemed destined for a typical Notre Dame finish. However, like we all needed to see, the Cards closed out a game against a good basketball team and got their defense back on track when it needed it the most.

 

Louisville would take a lead behind Quentin Snider’s consecutive 3s and Mangok Mathiang’s well-timed (at times) clean-up baskets. Deng Adel’s dagger 3-pointer with 39 seconds left pushed the Cards ahead by 5 and the game was closed out by Donovan Mitchell’s 4-4 free throw performance down the stretch and the Cards earned a much needed win and a double-bye in the ACC tournament.

Louisville was led by Donovan Mitchell’s 20 points, Mangok Mathiang had a great senior day with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Quentin Snider finished with 17 points (4-5 from 3) and 6 assists.

Up next: the Cards play in the ACC tournament next week and with today’s win will play on Thursday in the quarterfinals with the double-bye. The rest of the games today will dictate their seed and potential opponents, but the seed is guaranteed to be between 2-4. Today was a big day. Thank you to the seniors for the memories and get ready for postseason basketball.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Notre Dame: Senior Day

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After suffering their first loss to an unranked opponent, No. 8 Louisville will look to cool down the red-hot Fighting Irish today at home in the Yum! Center. No. 19 Notre Dame has won 6 straight heading into today’s contest and won the first meeting between these two teams in South Bend earlier in the season. Louisville is coming off a tough road loss to Wake Forest and needs a victory today to secure a double-bye in the ACC tournament. The game tips off at 2pm and can be seen on CBS.

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Three CARDS Make All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team

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Conway, S.C. — Three Louisville Cardinals have been named to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team.

Myisha Hines-Allen, Briahanna Jackson and Cortnee Walton were named to the prestigious team.

According to the press release from the ACC, in order to qualify for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester, as well as a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout one’s academic career.

To view the entire All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team, check out the press release: All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team Announced

Louisville at Wake Forest: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals travel to Wake Forest to take on the upset-minded Demon Deacons tonight at 9pm on Fox Sports South. Louisville currently sits as a 3-point favorite, despite being the away team.

Wake is led by forward John Collins who almost averages a double-double with 19.1 PPG and 9.8 RPG and guard Bryant Crawford at 15.5 PPG and 5.6 APG. Outside of those two, there is only one other player on the roster averaging double-figures in guard Keyshawn Woods at 12.5 PPG. If the Cards can limit/stop any of these 3 players, Wake will be forced to use depth it doesn’t have. The Demon Deacons average a solid 81.6 PPG but give up an unimpressive 76.8 PPG. A recipe the Cards have had a lot of success with this season when playing teams with more offensive focus and defensive struggles.

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Louisville Baseball Jumps To 6th In Latest Polls

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In the latest round of NCAA Baseball polls, the Louisville Cardinals have jumped up to as high as the 6th ranked team in the country, trailing only Florida State in 5 out of 6 polls, and North Carolina in 1 poll as the best team in the ACC. NINE ranked teams from the ACC!

Louisville vs Syracuse: Postgame Recap

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Photo: YouTube.com

The Louisville Cardinals took care of business today at home against the Syracuse Orange by a score of 88-68.

Louisville controlled the game the entire way, the only spark the Orange showed came in form of a 17-13 lead after Louisville started the game up 11-3. After the Syracuse run, Louisville stormed back and never let up en route to a 20-point de-pulping (sorry) of the Orange.

Louisville was led by 25 points (6-10 from 3-point range) from Donovan Mitchell, 17 points from Deng Adel, Ray Spalding awoke from his slumber to dominate down low with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Quentin Snider added 12 points and 6 assists, and Anas Mahmoud had a solid game of 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Louisville looked like a No. 1 seed today, which couldn’t have come at a better time after Gonzaga’s home loss to BYU last night. If the Cards win out and make a run in the ACC tournament, it’ll be difficult to place another team on that 1-seed line over Louisville. In addition, Louisville stayed tied for 2nd place in the ACC, which sets the Cards up nicely for that coveted double-bye in the ACC tournament.

Up next: the Cards travel to Wake Forest on Wednesday for a 9pm game on the ACC Network.

Go Cards!

Louisville at North Carolina: Postgame Recap

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The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals went blow for blow for the first 24 minutes of the game on the road against the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels. Sadly, college basketball games last 40 minutes and in order to beat a great team on the road, the Cardinals have to match the intensity they exhibited for the first 24 minutes for an entire game. Louisville fell to the Tar Heels 74-63.

Louisville tied the game up early in the second half at 43, after trailing by 3 at halftime. After that, it was like a team we hadn’t seen before. I know Virginia struggles are real, but I always saw 100% focus and intensity, tonight that was absent for the closing 16 minutes of the game. Louisville was led by Donovan Mitchell with 21 points. No other Louisville player scored double digits.

Up next, Louisville hosts Syracuse on Sunday at 2pm on CBS. The Orange defeated Duke tonight on a buzzer beater 3, which allows the Cards to remain in 2nd place with the tie breaker. It was a tough loss, but it’s one the team can learn from and use going forward. I’m still just as sold on this team as I was before tonight, one loss doesn’t diminish this team’s spotlight.

Go Cards! 

Louisville at North Carolina: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals travel to Chapel Hill for a top-10 ACC matchup with the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels tonight at 9pm on ESPN. The line currently stands at UNC-8, after it opened with UNC giving Louisville 5.5 points.

While the fact that both teams are in the top-10 makes for a good headline, there’s so much more to tonight’s game. The winner of tonight’s game will likely win the ACC regular season crown and a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament. Needless to say, there’s a lot on the line for both teams tonight, but the loser is in no way in bad shape either. A win in Chapel Hill will be difficult, but not impossible.

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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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Louisville vs NC State: Postgame Recap

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Photo: YouTube.com

The No. 13 Louisville Cardinals took care of business today by handling the NC State Wolfpack a 25-point loss with a final score of 85-60.

Louisville took the lead 11-9 with 16:35 left in the 1st half and never looked back. Donovan Mitchell led the Cards in scoring with 28 points, rebounds with 8, and assists with 5. Mangok Mathiang continued his impressive play off the bench with 14 points. Deng Adel added 10 points and VJ King chipped in 9 points to go along with 7 rebounds.

It was an all-around impressive effort from the Cards today. They held Dennis Smith Jr. to 8 points (11.6 below his season average of 19.6 PPG). They moved the ball well, hounded the Wolfpack on defense, and asserted their dominance.

In a week of upsets and wild finishes, the Cards went 2-0 with wins by 55 and 25 points. With all the teams up top that lost this week, the Cards could make an appearance in the top-5 when the new rankings are released.

Up next, Louisville travels to Boston College for a 3pm game on Saturday, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.

Go Cards! 

Florida State Tabbed as ACC Baseball Favorites

(Via @UofLBaseball & Garett Wall)

(Via @UofLBaseball & Garett Wall)

Florida State has been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the ACC Baseball Championship, with 10 of 14 first place votes. Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State also nabbed one first place vote each for the overall conference title.

The Tar Heels were selected as the ACC Coastal Division preseason favorites, narrowly edging out Virginia and Miami (FL). Louisville finished second behind the Seminoles as the ACC Atlantic Division favorites.

The ACC as a whole continues its baseball dominance, with the most ranked teams (eight) across the D1baseball, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls. Louisville enters the 2017 season ranked 7th in the Baseball America Top 25, 11th on Collegiate Baseball and 12th on D1baseball.com.

The Cardinals open their season on February 17th-19th in Clearwater, FL against Alabama State, Maryland and Ball State. The Cardinals open their home slate against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on February 22nd, with a home game at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th against another in-state foe, Northern Kentucky. U of L hopes to rebound from another crushing defeat in the Super Regionals and make their third College World Series in the last five years.

2017 ACC Football Schedule Released

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Mark your calendars, CardNation.

The 2017 ACC football schedule was released today, meaning we finally get to find out when we play our conference games for the 2017 football season.

September 2: Purdue
September 9: at North Carolina
September 16: Clemson
September 23: Kent State
September 30: Murray State
October 5: at NC State
October 14: Boston College
October 21: at Florida State
October 28: at Wake Forest
November 4: BYE
November 11: Virginia
November 18: Syracuse
November 25: at Kentucky

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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Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 1 – Lance Thomas

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Happy New Year and glad you all made it to 2017 safely. If you are a regular reader of Nunnsense, then I want to say thank you and this year I promise to give you even more of my thoughts, opinions, facts, videos, pictures, interviews and everything Cardinal related. I’ll do my best to entertain and inform you. Now let’s get down to business. Read the rest of this entry

LSU Website Uses Lamar Jackson’s Total Yards As Tie Breaker In Contest

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Geaux247 is doing a bowl Pick’em for the Citrus bowl where the LSU fans pick the winner and score. In case of a tie, the website optimistically and cleverly worded how to determine the winner as such, “Tiebreaker will be total yards LSU defense holds Lamar Jackson to.”

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Nunnsense: “Unstoppable” A Lamar Jackson Heisman Tribute Video

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Lamar Jackson put up numbers in a regular season that we have never seen before. Before the season started, we had high expectations based on his Music City Bowl performance, but nobody expected what we all witnessed. Coming into the first game of this season vs Charlotte, sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson had not started two consecutive games. Despite that fact, Lamar tied an ACC single game record with 6 passing touchdowns and tied the ACC record of 8 touchdowns responsible for. He would then go on to set another ACC single game record with 610 total yards vs Syracuse.  Read the rest of this entry