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?
Last night was a return to normalcy for cardinal Basketball and fans alike. With an expected attendance of 4,000 fans, once again we did not let them down. About 7,000 people showed up to watch the first Red-White Scrimmage of the season. Coach Padgett was very appreciative. “The ovation I received at the beginning of the scrimmage was extremely humbling” he said at the post game presser. The pre-game intros were high energy as you could tell Card Nation was ready to put the past in the past. The actual game was very entertaining highlighted by a pair of dunks on Anas, one by Deng & one by Jo Griffin. Oof. The Red team pulled away with a 94-80 victory over the white team despite the efforts of Gerald cheering the Red team on. For the Red team Deng Adel went for 32 points and 13 rebounds and Ray added 22 points and 16 boards of his own. “If Deng, Ray, Malik and that Frontcourt can rebound like that during the regular season, we are gonna be in good shape” said Padgett. For the White team VJ scored 30 but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 9 times. Malik had 17 rebounds and Jordan Nwora added 18 points off of 50% shooting including 4-6 from 3 pt land. Overall it was a great night and you can tell that this is a high energy group who can score. Buckle up CardNation, it’s gonna be a fun ride this season. We need and deserve a fun one too. Oh yeah, Jeff Nunn took a lot of great pics, check them out!
Once again we have a report from practice from the anonymous Mr. L. I promise you all it’s not me. As we head towards tonight’s first Red-White game of the 2017-18 season, here are some things from practice this week to look forward to.
Q – becoming more vocal and a very good leader. Playing well and is a complete floor general. Shooting very well also, and has improved his quickness and defense a bit.
Deng – Best nba prospect on the team according to a lot of folks at Pro day. Very good 2-way player on both sides and will be a game changer for the Cards. Attacking on offense!
Two weeks ago, the college basketball world was turned upside-down for a handful of schools. The FBI had uncovered 3 years of information into their investigation covering shoe companies, powerhouse division programs, and illegal benefits given to recruits. Some, like Arizona, Oklahoma State, USC, and Auburn, were named outright. Then, there were a few schools anonymously mentioned simply as “University 5” or “University 6”. Details were released about the anonymous schools, which led to speculation as to who those unnamed schools could be. “University 6” pretty obviously described the University of Louisville. We as fans knew that the description was frighteningly accurate, and while some of us (myself included) didn’t want to face the reality until it was confirmed, deep down, we all knew our beloved university was in turmoil, once again.
As we waited for some source of credible confirmation, Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with assumptions and jumped-to conclusions. Rationally thinking, my thought process was, “no way would our program be that irresponsible to try something so obviously wrong while on probation.” None of it made sense, but the writing was on the wall. As more information came to light, it became more and more abundantly clear that the UofL basketball program had put itself into a hole that even an “I had no idea” statement couldn’t get them out of it. When it was confirmed that Louisville was in fact “University 6”, the next questions that needed to be answered were, “who?” and “why?”. No way would Rick Pitino allow this to happen after being so adamantly against the monopoly shoe companies had on College Basketball. Our team was already set to be a top-10 team, why would we risk all of this just to add one player? It didn’t make sense, and it still doesn’t.
David Padgett is the right man to lead UofL basketball this year. Don’t listen to these columnists who claim he’s tainted because of the scandals. He appears to be a great guy, he has high basketball acumen, and he’s exactly what UofL basketball needs right now.
As young assistant coach trying to work his way up the ranks to be a permanent head coach, Padgett could’ve decided to leave UofL when this new scandal or even the old one broke. There is no reason to stick around and deal with someone else’s mess.
Yet, David Padgett chose to stay and endure. According to his own words, he’s staying for the players because he loves them. It’s pretty clear from the press conference held by the captains last week that the feeling is mutual. In an age of cynicism and skepticism, it’s sometimes hard to believe it’s that simple. However, Padgett’s words seem very genuine. His actions are backing them up.
Louisville’s basketball team hit the practice court today for the first time under Coach David Padgett.
If you ask me, that looks like a National Champion caliber team.
For the first time since the bribery scandal broke, we got to hear from the players themselves. The 2017/2018 captains, Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snider sat down with the media today to address everything that has transpired in the last 72 hours.
Rick Pitino announced today that the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program will hold its first NBA Pro Day this fall. While a date is still up in the air, Pitino does expect to have all 30 NBA teams represented at the workout. With Adel, Spalding and Mahmoud all being on the draft radar currently, and King, Bowen and Williams expecting to get attention quickly into the season, it makes perfect sense. The Cardinals are projected to have the number 1 schedule again this year and Pitino feels this will give the young Cards an opportunity to get used to that pressure.