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.
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.
Here are clips from Head Coach Rick Pitino & the team after their exhibition victory over Bellarmine.
Here are videos from UofL Men’s Basketball Media Day. Enjoy!
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
The rivalry can bring out the best of us. The rivalry can bring out the worst of us. You just never know what’s gonna happen or be said when we start rivalring (not a word) . One thing you never expect is respect. When you think Donovan Mitchell you do think respect. That’s why the following message from him to a certain cat should not be a surprise:
We hope you didn’t miss TODAY’S episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steven Rummage & the social media guru Jeremy were there to talk all things Cards! We brought in Dave from the Red Rage and told some great stories about tailgates past. Dave proposed #SlumberPartyTailgate and it took off. We asked you what was your favorite home game at PJCS of all time. You answered in a resounding manner. Click below for today’s podcast!
Sometimes you just see cool things on the net. This was one of those times. I just wanted to share. Go Cards!
Both Damion Lee and Donovan Mitchell attended last nights game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Villanova Wildcats. Damion was there to support a couple of his friends that he met while he was at Drexel University Kris Jenkins & Phil Booth. I have seen multiple pictures floating around so I thought I would put them in one place for you. Enjoy!
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.
If you watched Donovan Mitchell at any point before he got to Louisville then you knew he could dunk. You knew he was creative and you knew he had raw talent. This season may have not been super productive for the UofL Freshman but he had a highlight reels worth of dunks this season. He was featured in a ton od Dunkuary episodes on Youtube for the ACC Digital Network. They did a dunks of the year episode and guess who won? Oh yeah, I already told you…my bad. Maybe you will be surprised by which one won it, I was. Enjoy!
One of the most exciting athletes to come to the Ville in awhile is Donovan Mitchell. He wowed peopled in dunk competitions before he got to Louisville. We’ve had those guys before that did not pan out. Donovan is different. Alvin Sims, Marques Maybin, Twill could all dunk creatively. Chane and Trezl were just power dunkers, nothing wrong with that. I believe that Donovan could be the best dunker of all-time. Yes I know that is high praise but he is a great combination of creative and power. We were named the Dr’s of dunk for a reason. It’s in our DNA, it’s a legacy. Our guys at the ACC Digital Network created a compilation of dunks of just Donovan Mitchell that I think you will really like!
Since the beginning of time (or the 60’s) there has been one thing that can get a crowd going, It’s the slam dunk. Even when it was banned from college basketball from 67-76 due to the unfairness of it, they created a slam dunk contest because it was so beloved. It can cause a wide variety of results. It can facilitate a comeback all the way to putting the icing on the cake. At the University of Louisville it has been a beloved staple of our program. From the Doctors of Dunk to Alvin Sims to Montrezl Harrell to the dunking bird logo even, it shows that it is engrained into our DNA. Donovan Mitchell IS the next in a long line of dunkers and there is no doubt. Our good friends at the ACC Digital Network created their latest installment of Dunkuary last night featuring the Louisville Cardinals that was titled “The New Doctors Of Dunk” and it does not disappoint.
The Louisville Cardinals bounced back from a 2 game skid to defeat the surging Orange, 72-58. Trey Lewis capped a 22-9 run to close the first half with a 3 pointer at the buzzer, giving the Cards a 28-27 lead at halftime. Louisville then made its first 12 out of 18 field goals to start the second half and never looked back. Big nights were had by Damion Lee who scored 15 points, and Chinanu Onuaku who finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Trevor Cooney scored 19 points and Michael Gbinije chipped in 13 as well. But the big story of the night was the dunk contest between Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson. Those two electrified the crowd on numerous occasions, throwing down several alley-oops as if they were angry at the rim. They provided the added spark that got the crowd and the team going, once that happened there was no stopping them.
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.
That was fun.