Louisville earned yet another victory in Madison Square Garden today by defeating Memphis 81-72.
Louisville jumped to an early lead and looked ready to pull away when they lead 28-19, but a Memphis run cued by Louisville mistakes tied the game at halftime 38-38. Louisville was clearly the better team, but Memphis wasn’t as bad as many pegged them to be. Louisville pulled away in the 2nd en route to a solid victory.
Louisville was led by Quentin Snider’s 19 points (6-8 FG) and 5 assists. VJ King scored 17 points (6-9 FG) with 4 assists. Deng Adel added 15 points of his own, all of which came from behind the 3-point line (5-8 3pt), and Ray Spalding had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Up next: Louisville hosts Albany on Wednesday at 9pm on ESPNU.
Our friends at ACC Digital Network put together an awesome preview of the TaxSlayer Bowl. The University of Louisville will take on Mississippi State at Noon on December 30th in Jacksonville. Are you going to the game?
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?
Igniting an old rivalry is always interesting. Today at noon on ESPN2, Louisville and Memphis (state) face-off in New York. Louisville is currently favored by 12.5 points.
To add to the interesting nature of today’s game, Memphis is coached by Tubby Smith. Tubby’s team this year is essentially brand new. Memphis lost multiple players not just to graduation, but to transfers as well. Many believe this could be a make or break year for Tubby’s future with Memphis.
It is a rivalry game, but most of the players on both teams probably don’t even understand why. Rivalry games can be sloppy and low-scoring, but I think Louisville is the superior team and it will show.
Prediction: Louisville 81-Memphis 69.
Hall of Fame coach and former Heisman winner, Steve Spurrier has nothing but great things to say about Lamar Jackson. Not only does he think Jackson will be a first round draft pick, he believes he will be a great NFL quarterback. You can read everything he had to say below thanks to the Courier Journal.
Sure, Saturday night did not go the way any UofL fan wanted it to. Seeing Lamar lose the Heisman (by coming in third!?) But our friends at All Sports DACC bring up some great reminders of why UofL fans should still be extremely proud of Lamar and the year he had.
Senior running back, Jeremy Smith will be transferring from UofL. His father announced this on Monday night. He maintains that he loved his time at the University of Louisville but after having to take a medical red shirt for this season, he wants to use his last year of eligibility at a school he will get more playing time at. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him nothing but the best for Jeremy moving forward and thank him for the last three years.
Despite trailing by 1 at halftime, Louisville took the lead on its first possession of the 2nd half and never looked back en route to a 71-62 win over visiting Indiana.
Louisville started the game slowly and found themselves down 25-15 with less than 10 minutes to go in the 1st half. The Cards began their run at that point and continued it throughout the game to get the team’s first “big” win of the year.
It was an all-around scoring effort from the Cards today, with 6 players contributing 7 points or more. Ray Spalding added another double-double to his name with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Anas Mahmoud chipped in 10 points, but fouled out. Deng Adel led the team with 16 points. Quentin Snider added 13 points of his own. And Freshman Malik Williams scored 9 points on 3 3-pointers in the first half to ignite the Cardinals’ run.
Up next: Louisville plays Bryant at home on Monday at 7pm on ESPNU.
Today, Louisville will look to earn its first “big” win of the season. The Hoosiers of Indiana travel to the Yum! Center to take on the hometown Cardinals at 2pm on ESPN. Louisville is currently favored by 9 points.
This is Archie Miller’s first year in Bloomington and the talented young coach has had his struggles but is seeing improvement in a squad that lost 3 players from last year’s roster.
While I do believe Miller will have Indiana back in the national landscape at some point, I don’t think that process will begin today. In order to win today, Louisville will need to limit turnovers and extend their leads instead of allowing the Hoosiers to change momentum like Louisville has allowed several times this season.
Prediction: Louisville 74-Indiana 64.
Lamar Jackson has a lot on his plate at the moment. Finals just took place, he is currently in New York enjoying being a finalist for the Heisman for the second year in a row, preparing for Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Yet, we live in a world that is always looking ahead, so people are ready to find out if Lamar will be playing on Saturday or Sundays next year.
Lamar Jackson, whenever a cardinal fan hears, reads or sees his name, their faces light up. Rightfully so. Lamar is currently in New York preparing for the Heisman ceremony, hoping to become only the second person to ever win the Heisman twice. Throughout all of his interviews, one thing has remained constant in the craziness, the love he has for his teammates and coaches. Not only is Lamar a once in a lifetime player, he is a once in a lifetime young man. No matter what the voters decide, I want Lamar on my team, every day, all day.
Donovan Mitchell is having an outstanding rookie season with the Utah Jazz. He has broken records, had insane dunks and done it all while taking control of the Jazz offense. Colin Ward-Henninger with CBS Sports now has Donovan at the top of the rookie power rankings. Right where he belongs.
Rick Pitino once said that when the time came it was time for him to move on from UofL, he would walk away quietly. With no surprise, that doesn’t seem to be the case. He has now came out and said that he didn’t feel he had support anymore at UofL and that Papa John’s comments hurt his feelings.
What would Sutton be doing if he didn’t play basketball? Who is the most serious of all his teammates? What is his comfort food? We the fans get the answer to these questions and more on today’s Beat the Buzzer thanks to UofL Athletics.
Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together an awesome highlight reel of Lamar Jackson. Help yourself get through the end of the week and watch the greatness unfold.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Juniors Sam Bordner, Josh Stowers and Adam Wolf have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2018.
Bordner, a righthanded pitcher from Baltimore, Ohio, earned his first career All-America honor (NCBWA Third Team) while accumulating a 2-0 record, three saves and miniscule 0.41 ERA in 43.2 innings and 23 total appearances as a sophomore in 2017. He delivered scoreless appearances in 22 of his 23 outings last season, including all four NCAA postseason outings when he piled up 13 strikeouts and did not allow a hit in 10.2 innings in the Regional, Super Regional and College World Series.
Louisville started the game slowly and only led 39-36 over Sienna at halftime, but a strong second half performance gave the Cards a comfortable 86-60 win.
Louisville looked sloppy for the majority of the first half and even trailed for a good chunk of time. Credit to David Padgett for making the necessary adjustments at halftime to put the Cards in the best chance to win.
Louisville was led by Anas Mahmoud with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 blocks. Ray Spalding added a double-double of his own with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Quentin Snider emerged from his scoring slump to a tune of 16 points. Freshmen Jordan Nwora and Darius Perry provided a spark off the bench with 11 points and 7 points, respectively.
Up next: Louisville hosts Indiana on Saturday at 2pm, the game will be televised on ESPN.
After dropping 2 games last week and falling from the rankings, Louisville looks to bounce back against an inferior Sienna team tonight at 7pm. Louisville, the home team, is favored by 23 points.
Louisville was tested twice last week against solid teams. Purdue and Seton Hall used their experience and physicality to beat the Cards, so tonight should be a refreshing change of pace.
Prediction: Louisville 84 – Sienna 65.
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The most decorated collegiate baseball player of all time, Brendan McKay will be back in Louisville on Saturday to sign autographs before he receives his Golden Spikes award at half time of the UofL vs Indiana game on Saturday. He will be signing autographs at the KFC Yum! Center from 1-1:30, be sure to get out there and support this young man who gave so much to UofL.