The atmosphere was electric, the players were hyped, and the Antelopes of Grand Canyon gave the No. 14 team all they could handle inside their home arena. Grand Canyon even had the lead at halftime by 1 point off a buzzer-beater NBA-range 3.
It wasn’t enough as the Cards eventually pulled away by the 12 minute TV Timeout and never trailed the rest of the way. Eventually the Cards would seal the deal by a score of 79-70. DeWayne Russell led the comeback attempt with 42 points, the Antelopes’ next highest scorer had 8. Deng Adel led the way for the Cards with 15 points, VJ King showcased his ability with 14 points, Ray Spalding chipping in 14, and Matz Stockman had a career-high 10 points but didn’t play in the second half.
In a game where the upset seemed not only plausible but probable for much of the game, the Cards found a way to win. Do not downplay anything about it, the crowd was nuts, their point guard was unconscious, and they played with a lot more energy in the first half than the Cards did. The important thing is, the Cards walked away with a win and improve to 7-1.
Next the Cards will be at home to take on Southern Illinois on December 7 at 7pm. I’m sure this game will serve as a wake up call that this team cannot start flat and must defend and attack for the entire 40 minutes if they’re going to achieve their potential. I’m happy with the win last night, resilience regardless of opponent in an environment like that cannot be emphasized enough.
Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Extraordinaire, Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed BACK Marques Maybin who took some time out of his day to drop knowledge. We talked Football Bowl match-ups, Louisville Basketball vs Grand Canyon (INSANE ENVIRONMENT) plus we asked: How many games out of a four game stretch (UVa,uk,IU,ND) would you give up to ensure a uk win? Great response from you guys on that one. We had a great time yesterday! We were #Blessed to have Brian Hall in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and.
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Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Savant (I’m gonna make it a thing) Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed in resident College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. After the Thursday night we had the soothing sounds of PJ were needed. Great but weird song choices by Perrin too. We talked Houston Heartbreak, Bowl destinations, Pitino & the squad, Kanye & much more. We were #Blessed to have the Magic Mike in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and.
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The 12th ranked Louisville basketball team handled business at home in a blowout victory over the Tribe from William & Mary by a final score of 91 to 58. The Cards were led in scoring by freshman V.J. King with 17 points, but the impressive part was how he did it. King went 7-11 from the field and 3-3 from 3-point range giving a performance we all expected to see out of the McDonald’s All-American at some point, but it’s fantastic to see it this early. Deng Adel had a good game as well, he finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The backcourt duo of Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell added 13 and 9 points respectively. Jaylen Johnson was one rebound away from a double-double, he finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Ray Spalding also had a nice night, he finished with 10 points on 5-6 shooting.
Louisville was only favored by 17.5 points at home tonight, and although it wasn’t a big name program the Cards were still very impressive by winning tonight by almost double the spread. As a team the Cards shot 45.8% from the field and 35.7% from 3. Once again, the assist number sticks out the most. The Cards finished the game with 21 assists on 33 made baskets.
Up next Louisville plays Long Beach State in the Battle for Atlantis Campus Game (at Louisville) on Thursday at 4pm.
The Louisville Basketball Team improved their early season ranking after their win against Evansville by moving up 1 spot in the polls from No. 13 to No. 12. Tonight at 7pm ET, the Cards host William & Mary, the game can be seen on Fox Sports South. William & Mary is not a team to be overlooked, the Tribe won their first game of the season by significant margin of 52 points as the final score read 96-44 over Bridgewater (no relation to Teddy). As it stands, Louisville is currently a 17.5 point favorite tonight which isn’t discrediting the Cards, William & Mary is just a much better team than most will give them credit for due to the lack of the big name.
Obviously, the stats are only from one game but in that game William & Mary had 5 scorers in double figures and had 19 team assists on 37 made baskets. Although, the Tribe is a team I can see as a mid-major conference champion when March comes around, I think the length and athleticism of Louisville will be too much. Expect the Tribe to hang around early, but at the under 12:00 timeout the Cards come out and put the game out of reach. Louisville 83 William & Mary 59.
Sports illustrated released it’s breakout Sophomore list for the upcoming college basketball season. Even though Luke Winn called Louisville “Sophomore Breakout U” there is only one Cardinal on this list of five breakout players. Luke explains that there is a reason why some players didn’t make the list. The Breakout Sophomore Formula—now in its eighth season on SI.com!—identifies scoring potential in players who didn’t put up significant points as freshmen, yet had promising advanced-statistical profiles. The formula strives to avoid too-obvious selections, and therefore its 2016–17 picks are restricted to players that averaged single-digit points last season and played not much more than 20 minutes per game. Check out the full article below to see who made the list. Read the rest of this entry
I know it’s almost football season but I’ll just leave this little article right here for you to enjoy. Who says the Cards can’t get NBA caliber players? Read the rest of this entry
If you have ever watched a Crums Revenge video you know it can get you in your feelings, make a grown man cry or have you so excited you about pee your pants. Wait, just me on the last on? Carry on. If you have NEVER watched a Crums Revenge video it is probably one of the following reasons:
- You hate kids & love to kick puppies
- You are a uk fan
- You didn’t have a strong adult figure growing up
- Maybe you have just never seen one.
The Louisville Cardinals kept their hopes for an ACC regular season title alive tonight with a 67-60 on the road at Pittsburgh. It wasn’t pretty at times, the Cards suffered two long scoring droughts and were outrebounded by Pitt 34-28; however, the Cards pulled out a solid road win. Quentin Snider scored a team high 14 points, Damion Lee added 13, Deng Adel chipped in 12, and Chinanu Onuaku had a solid all around game with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The bigger story tonight, was David Levitch. Yes, you read that right. Levitch finished with 8 points and connected on two huge threes down the stretch. One of those threes tied the game. The other three gave the Cards the lead for good. Without Anas, Mangok, Spaulding, and a 0 point performance from Trey Lewis, it took everything from the Cards tonight. And they gave just that.
Today was the ACC Basketball Teleconference and here are a few takes from it:
- Coach said ” I would like to use the final six games to get more playing time for Donovan Mitchell, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel for next season.
- Rick Pitino said that his players were handling themselves well and relying on their team’s chemistry to carry their spirits through a tough time.
- “The guys played really hard the last two games, but you can see it’s weighing on them a little bit, emotionally, that they aren’t going to play in the tournament,we’re just trying to keep our perspective, keep working hard.”
Just a few nuggets for you. Seems like coach already has a battle plan for next year. Does this mean Rick believes he will be back? I for one hope so. The Cards (19-6, 8-4 ACC) play Syracuse (18-8, 8-5 ACC) Wednesday night at 7PM on ESPN.
Here are the videos of Rick Pitino, Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Trey Lewis following the loss against Virginia. The transcript for Rick Pitino’s comments are also below. He says he saw this day coming. Let’s just have a warning of it next time so we don’t get so amped up. Thanks.
Buckle up…here we go! Louisville (17-3, 6-1) is about to enter a crazy stretch of basketball games against ranked teams, with a little Boston College thrown in there for good balance. It starts today as the Virginia Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3) are in town and trying to stay in the ACC race. Usually when there are games on Saturday and Monday, they are paired together in the minds of fans. Well, this pair is Virginia and North Carolina, a huge two-game set for the Cards.
Monday could be one of the best atmospheres that the KFC Yum! Center has seen, but let’s not jump ahead of today yet. This could be an awesome game. Enjoy it. Here are some quick notes on the game. Has to be quick so I can go do some CSZ radio on 93.9 The Ville from 10-11, which you should check out!
Last night in Louisville’s ACC
Big East bout against Pitt, I finally turned the corner. We heard all summer how Chinanu Onuaku vastly improved his skill-set and was moving up draft boards and primed for a great year. I didn’t buy it. I thought he looked good, but I was not feeding into the hype just yet. There were flashes this season, those games where you saw the potential but you also saw the frustrating travels and a fan favorite, the moving screen. I was a little skeptical of the Granny Shot Assassin and believed that if part of our 2015-2016 success relies on his abilities then we were in for a roller coaster of a year.
Then Pitt happened.
It is easy to get down on a team after a loss. Especially when you lose to your rival in such a close and emotional game. Forget that these are young men and that we as fans have literally nothing to do with the outcome of games (other than creating a good home atmosphere, sometimes). When you are as passionate about basketball as we are about our Louisville Cardinals, losses hurt, and they hurt bad. Now would be the easy time to be upset with them, right? Not me. Not with these guys. After two very close losses so far this season (on the road to good teams) and blowout wins against no competition, I can say something I never said last season: I love this team!
The picture above is a perfect example of why. Damion Lee just missed a shot that would have made his name remembered forever in the UofL-UK series. Freshman Donovan Mitchell had just sparked the comeback for the Cards that got them back in the game. Mitchell never was really an option on the final play. The young freshman could have hung his head at the buzzer. What did he do? He was the first to run over to Lee and console him.
Louisville defeated Utah Valley 98-68 on Wednesday night. Afterwards, here is what Rick Pitino, Trey Lewis, Donovan Mitchell, and Anas Mahmoud had to say.
The Cards took care of business on Tuesday night as they defeated UMKC 75-47. Afterwards, Rick Pitino just spoke briefly since it was so late in the night. There are also comments from Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Damion Lee.
The Louisville Cardinals have gotten off to a great start in the 2015-16 season. They have an 8-1 record and are ranked 19th in the AP Poll and 16th in the Coaches Poll. Granted, the competition hasn’t been that great just yet, outside of a close road loss at Michigan State. But Louisville isn’t just winning their games; they are dominating the opponents. While most of the talk has been around the two graduate transfers, Donovan Mitchell highlight dunks, or even the improvements of Matz Stockman, one of the more quiet players on the team is proving to be the most important: Quentin Snider.