This UofL basketball season has been, well, disappointing. It was a letdown before practice even started. We lost a coach, an Athletic Director, and our sanity. Our team of great young men were forced to endure more mega media attention and questions about scandals they had no part in. People pelted them with cheap insults and petty taunts.
This team has talent yet it seems they can’t find a way to mesh it together to work properly and consistently. I think it’s a byproduct of scandal fatigue for the team. We fans have it and it’s obvious the players do. Nearly all of the Cards issues are mental. It’s as if they think too much and are slow to react on the floor. So many mental lapses led to the only consistency being inconsistency.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three University of Louisville men’s basketball players have earned ACC postseason honors. Junior forwards Deng Adel and Ray Spalding have been selected as honorable mention All-ACC selections while senior center Anas Mahmoud was named to the ACC All-Defensive team.
Adel has been the Cardinals’ scoring leader in 13 games, including most recently leading UofL with 20 points and seven rebounds at NC State last Saturday. A 6-5 forward from Melbourne, Australia, he has averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists over the last five games after missing two games with an ankle injury. Adel, who is 11th in the ACC in scoring averaging 15.5 points per game, has eight 20-point scoring efforts in his last 33 games, including six this season. He has scored at least nine points in each of his games this season and has 54 career double figure scoring efforts (28 of 29 this season). Adel is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award.
Well, there isn’t much to say. No words are going to heal the pain that this loss has brought to Cardnation tonight. The team showed heart and fight all night long. They controlled the #1 team in the country for 39 minutes. Coach Padgett said that this is the toughest loss he has ever experienced. Many in Cardnation are going to feel the same way after this result. This game meant so much to this team that is in desperate need of a signature win. Not to mention this should have been the game that ended the drought against Virginia.
All that being said, this team has one more game left before tournament play. The Cards travel to N.C. State in two days to fight for their seeding in the conference and NCAA tournament. This team has the opportunity to end the season on a high note and head into the ACC tournament with some momentum. This one hurts, but it’s not the end for this team or the seniors.
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The Louisville Men’s basketball team held their Senior Day before Thursday’s game against Virginia. The senior managers were honored along with seniors Quentin Snider and Anas Mahmoud.
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Q and Anas,
Your four years at the University of Louisville were probably not what you expected. They were not what we, the fans, expected. You two have weathered the heaviest of storms the city could bear with complete and utter grace – at least in the public eye. I could never say thank you enough times to do it justice.
Whenever things seemed to be at the darkest, the two of you managed to speak up and remind everyone that it will be okay. When Pitino left, there were so many questions about what the future would hold, what it would look like. The two of you stood in front of everyone and calmed everyone’s nerves and had the confidence that we all needed in that moment. You all reminded us all what UofL basketball was all about – family. So many of the problems that put the spotlight on the program had nothing to do with either of you. Nobody would have blamed you for being angry or upset but you never were. Neither of you played the “why me” card but just played ball instead. The leadership that you have provided over the last few years is untouchable. The calm, cool and collective attitudes that you hold both on and off the court is one of the things I will miss the most.
I know at the end of the day, it’s just basketball, but it always feels like more. It is my escape from the crazy world around us, it’s my connection with some of my favorite people and it is what allows me to be part of the UofL family. For forty minutes, I am in my own little world – a world you both are a part of. So thank you. Thank you for the cheers, the tears and most importantly all of the memories in between. Wherever that next step takes you, know that you have a forever fan in me.
David Padgett and Anas Mahmoud talked to the media about the upcoming game vs Florida State on Saturday.
The Louisville Cardinals (8-2) host Albany (11-2) tonight at 9pm on ESPNU. Louisville is coming off their victory over Memphis and will look to continue its good play tonight against a decent opponent. Louisville is currently a 15-point favorite.
I say Albany is a decent opponent because of their record of consistently beating inferior opponents and only losing to Memphis by 9, but Louisville should come away with another large margin victory. Anas Mahmoud hasn’t been playing his best basketball recently but I can see him getting back into his flow tonight.
Prediction: Louisville 85-Albany 65.
On today’s Beat the Buzzer, UofL Athletics sits down with senior center, Anas Mahmoud. We find out what his comfort food is, who is the one celebrity he would leave tickets for and what is his best memory at UofL so far?
Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 102-59 victory over Bryant University. Anas continues to string together good games. Tonight he put up 17 points, 9 rebounds & 3 blocks. Quentin scored 17, Adel 17, Thomas 10 pts/7 reb & 11 pts/9 reb by Ray Spalding. 5 Cards overall reached double digits in scoring and 4 players had 6 or more rebounds. They out-rebounded Bryant overall 46-29.
Here’s Louisville Head Coach David Padgett:
Here are the pressers from after tonight’s 86-60 victory over Siena University. Anas Mahmoud was one block away from the 5th triple double in the history of the University of Louisville. Here is what Head Coach David Padgett and a few of the players had to say after the win in which the Cards exploded in the second half after leading by only 3 at the break. Also enjoy the highlights at the end of the post from tonight’s game!
Head Coach David Padgett
Here are the highlights, presser & interviews from after last nights 84-72 victory over St Francis University.
Before what looked to be a sprained ankle, Ray Spalding was on a mission! 19 points, 13 boards and 5 blocks! Who knows what would have happened if he would have played the entire game. Anas added 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Cards had 6 players in total in double figure scoring (Spalding 19, Adel 13, Anas, 12, Q 11,VJ 10, Nwora 10) but it had a different feel to this game even though Louisville led wire-to-wire. It was stretched out all the way to a 22 point lead with 12:38 left in the game but SFU came back and made it a game all the way to the end. Here is what Coach Padgett and the players had to say:
When Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, they never could have guessed the obstacles they would be facing. They have played through the Katina Powell scandal and now the FBI one. They never let it bring them down though, they have been the solid foundation that the freshman and sophomores have needed. Jeff Borzello with ESPN.COM talks about how vital the upperclassman have been.
If you’re reading this, we made it. After a long offseason full of turmoil, slander, and changes, basketball season is finally here. Louisville begins its season today against visiting George Mason at 2pm inside the KFC Yum! Center as 19-point favorites.
It’s no secret that this is David Padgett’s first season as Louisville’s Head Coach, and as Forrest Gump would say, “that’s all I have to say about that.” As fans, it’s time to focus on the game being played and nothing else. I believe Coach Padgett will do a great job and I can’t wait to see this team play under his leadership.
Louisville’s opponent today is George Mason. They enter this game 1-0, with a 67-65 win over Lafayette. Guard Jaire Grayer led George Mason with 19 points and 9 rebounds in their first game, and while I don’t know much about their team, I’d assume this will be the guy to watch.
Louisville’s starting 5 will more than likely be Quentin Snider, Deng Adel, VJ King, Ray Spalding, and Anas Mahmoud. Much like their two exhibition games, Louisville will have a noticeable size advantage today.
As I said before, today marks the moment when basketball should be just that, basketball. It’s hard to forget about everything that happened over the last few months, but this is the time to try. Despite any recent turmoil, Louisville still floors a very talented team with a lot of young potential to go along with veteran production. This is the beginning of a new era, and should be seen as an exciting opportunity and nothing else.
Cheer our guys on, give Coach Padgett and the players a standing ovation when they’re announced in the pre-game, and let’s kick off another successful basketball season.
Prediction: Louisville 83 George Mason 67.
Here are some highlights from the 72-57 exhibition victory over Bellarmine.
In Louisville’s last exhibition before their Sunday opener against George Mason, Louisville defeated Bellarmine 72-57.
Louisville was led in scoring by Deng Adel with 21 points headlined by a nasty baseline reverse slam. VJ King chipped in 14 points of his own, and Anas Mahmoud finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Up next: Louisville hosts George Mason on Sunday at 2pm to open the regular season.
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The Louisville Basketball team took the floor tonight in an exhibition game against in-state foe Kentucky Wesleyan. Louisville was expectedly too much to handle for Kentucky Wesleyan and won with a final score of 101-64.
Louisville was led tonight by strong performances from Ray Spalding (15 points, 7 rebounds), Deng Adel (12 points), Anas Mahmoud (20 points, 10/11 FG, 7 blocks), Quentin Snider (10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Dwayne Sutton (13 points).
Louisville Basketball head Coach David Padgett announced at the Men’s Basketball Tip Off Luncheon that a portion of the ticket sales for the final Red/White Scrimmage would go towards Hurricane reliefs efforts.
College basketball is already the best!! But, it’s even better when it’s for a great cause!!
Tickets to the scrimmage are $10. You may purchase tickets at the UofL Ticket Office located near Gate 2 of Cardinal Stadium. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 AM until 5 PM.
Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster for $10 + processing fees.
Student tickets are available at no charge, but must be obtained using a valid student ID in advance at the UofL ticket office.
The University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team was represented today at the ACC Media Day by Q, Mahmoud and David Padgett. Kenny Klein and others released some fun photos and videos from the day. This gifted us with a behind the scenes look at the events of the day! What are you most looking forward to about this season?