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Coach P Breaks Down The Team

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Our guy Jeff Greer talked to Coach Pitino and Rick broke down the team. It was great. He also gave insight on to what we will do with the extra scholarship.

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I Got Your Back: Crums Revenge Video

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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:

  1. You hate kids & love to kick puppies
  2. You are a uk fan
  3. You didn’t have a strong adult figure growing up
  4. Maybe you have just never seen one.

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Louisville 67 Pitt 60 Postgame Recap (With Dunk Videos)

 

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(Photo Credit PK)

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.

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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.

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Coach Pitino Looking Ahead To Next Year?

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

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.

Go Cards!

Pitino, Mitchell, Adel, and Lewis Virginia postgame

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AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

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.

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Layup Lines: Louisville vs Virginia

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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!

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Nanu Your Business

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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.

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After further review, I still love this team

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

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.

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Pitino, Lewis, Mitchell, and Mahmoud Utah Valley postgame

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.

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Pitino, Mitchell, Adel, and Lee UMKC postgame

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.

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Quentin Snider quietly running a well-oiled machine

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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.

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Deng Adel out for two more weeks

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Photo: Scout.com

Louisville freshman Deng Adel has missed the last two games for the Cards, and according to Mike Rutherford of Card Chronicle (and then according to Pitino), he will miss two more weeks.

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Rick Pitino introduces Frankie Hughes and VJ King; previews the season

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

Rick Pitino met with the media on Thursday afternoon to cover a slew of topics. He talks about Kyle Kuric, the two newest signings Frankie Hughes and VJ King, and talks about his current team. The Cards take on Samford Friday night at 7:00.

Great video from TheCrunchZone.com here.

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Inside the Paint: Deng Adel

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

In the latest edition of “Inside the Paint”, learn more about freshman Deng Adel!

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Rick Pitino discusses upcoming 2015-16 season

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

Rick Pitino previews the upcoming season in this short video. What people may be most interested in is Pitino talking about who he thinks may start this season for the Cards.

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Highlights: Saturday’s Red-White Scrimmage

Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Deng Adel (22) dribbles against guard Quentin Snider (2) during a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Here are some highlights from Saturday’s second Red-White scrimmage for men’s basketball. Deng Adel led all scorers with 35 points on 12-18 shooting.

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Five takeaways from the first Red-White scrimmage

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…

These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.

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A fan’s report: Behind the scenes in Puerto Rico

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David Burns is a big UofL fan just like the rest of us. I coach his son, Dawson, in basketball at Holy Cross High School. David, Dawson, and Whitney (David’s youngest girl) went down to Puerto Rico for a few days to watch the Cards in action. But while you are there, you have to do more than just watch basketball. When he asked me what he should write about, I said just make it all about your trip and what you experienced. Everyone else will have game recaps and write-ups, but nobody will have your own experience in a post. And so that is what he gave me. Enjoy!

By David Burns:

Puerto Rico

We visited several areas of the territory. We hiked, zip-lined, and rappelled through the rainforest. If you are in moderate physical shape…you should put one of these tours on your must-do list.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/15/15

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Things are really beginning to heat up in UofL sports and we squeeze all of it that we can into our 1-hour show on 93.9 The Ville! If you missed it today, you can click the soundcloud link below and check it out. We spent about half the time on basketball and half on football. What do these Puerto Rico games mean? Is Quentin Snider’s development slowed down by Trey Lewis/Damion Lee being here? And on the football side of things, we had Brandon Marcello on the show. Brandon is Auburn’s beat writer for AL.com and had some great insight into Auburn’s team and how he thinks the fans there are looking at Louisville. Check it out!

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Box score for Louisville vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.

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