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:
The Louisville Cardinals come in at #18 in both the AP and the Coaches Poll this week.
An impressive showing on the road in East Lansing on Wednesday that ended in a 4 point loss to the (now) number 1 team in the country, plus a blowout against Grand Canyon has the Louisville basketball team climbing the Top 25 polls this week. The Cards were ranked 24 and 22 last week in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls, respectively. Here are the polls for this week.
A quick glance at the non-conference schedule for the Louisville Cardinals, and the names that stick out are Kentucky, Michigan State, and even Saint Louis. But one that may get overlooked, and shouldn’t, is Saturday’s game against the North Florida Ospreys. Why? Because they can score, and score a lot.
Here are some quick notes about North Florida through their first three games of the season, where they are 3-0, including a season opening win against Illinois.
Call it what you want. “Way-too-early” or “No-longer-way-too-early” as Eamonn Brennan calls it in his post on ESPN.com. Either way, it is a pretty early top 25 men’s college basketball poll. This poll does not include the Louisville Cardinals.
The new Top 25 polls came out today, and the Louisville Cardinals have fallen out of the top 10 in both after Saturday’s home loss to NC State. This week, the Cards face Syracuse on the road (Wednesday) and Miami at home (Saturday).
The latest AP and Coaches Polls were released on Monday afternoon, and the Cards did not suffer a big drop after the 1 point loss in Chapel Hill. They also beat Clemson during the week, and other big teams lost. Plus it was a 1 point loss on the road, in a game where the Tar Heels were favored anyway, so there shouldn’t have been a big drop.
Last week, Louisville was 5th in both polls. This week they are 6th in the AP and 7th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This week they host two ACC games: Virginia Tech on Tuesday and Duke on Saturday.
This week’s AP and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Louisville Cardinals climbed up to #4 in both.
|AP Top 25|
|18||San Diego St||6-2||390|
The Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college basketball Player of the Year. The award was founded in 1976. A watch list with 50 players was recently released, and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier made the list. These aren’t finalists, as someone who is not on this list can certainly win the award. It is just a watch list.
The list will be reduced to 25 players in January, and finalists will be announced in March.
The last basketball polls of the regular season are out. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked 3rd. The 3rd ranked team in the country is a 4 seed. Right in the middle of the four #1 seeds. Just saying. In the AP Poll, the Cards are 5th. Remember this next year when worrying about either poll during the season.
|USA Today Coaches Poll|
|2||Wichita State (6)||34-0||774|
|11||San Diego State||29-4||482|
- Others receiving votes: Memphis 61, Gonzaga 50, Baylor 41, Pittsburgh 26, Texas 15, Stephen F. Austin 13, Saint Joseph’s 10, Southern Methodist 8, Nebraska 6, Providence 3, Southern Miss 2, Harvard 2, George Washington 1, Tulsa 1, Iowa 1
- Dropped from rankings: Memphis 19, Southern Methodist 23
|AP Top 25|
|2||Wichita State (15)||34-0||1,571|
|13||San Diego State||29-4||890|
- Others receiving votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, Stephen F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, Saint Joseph’s 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, Massachusetts 3, Tennessee 2, Western Michigan 1, North Carolina Central 1
- Dropped from rankings: Memphis 19, Southern Methodist 25