This happened yesterday, so it is pretty well-known already, but I figured with the way our basketball recruiting page is now set up to post all of our recruiting posts, it would be a good idea to at least update you on this story.
Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to Duke and he will reclassify to 2015. He had planned to visit Louisville April 19-21, but plans changed and Coach K visited Thornton on April 20. Thornton originally pushed his visit to Louisville back to sometime in May, but we really didn’t expect that visit to happen.
With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.
There are 6 ACC games on the schedule today. The Cards will host Miami and try to end their two game losing streak. They are still fighting to get one of those top 4 spots in the conference and earn a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
Entering the game against Duke on Saturday, junior Montrezl Harrell needs just 12 points to reach 1,000 points for his career at UofL. He would be the 66th career 1,000 point scorer in UofL men’s basketball history. That ranks 2nd only to North Carolina, who has 70 players with 1,000 points.
Harrell is averaging a career high 15.2 points per game this season. The most recent Card to reach this milestone is Russ Smith, who also reached it as a junior. He finished his career with 1,908 points, ranking him 5th all-time in UofL history.
It’s always good to check in on the opponent and learn as much as you can about them, especially when it’s a big game like this and the opponent is as prestigious as the Duke Blue Devils. We know a lot about the Cards since they are our team, but let’s take a look at some things about Duke.
Here are their game notes from GoDuke.com.
The Opening Tip
• Duke (14-2, 2-2) faces Louisville (15-2, 3-1) Saturday, Jan. 17 in its third ACC road contest over a four-game stretch. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the action for ESPN.
Louisville guard Terry Rozier also met with the media on Friday afternoon after Coach Pitino spoke for about 20 minutes. Here is what he had to say about the upcoming game with the Blue Devils.
On Duke: Lately I’ve been watching a lot of games. I noticed their togetherness. They’re together out there on the court. They always cheer one another on. Just because they lost the last two games, it’s still going to be a tough game for us. They have a lot of good players. I’ve watched a decent amount of their games. They’re pretty good.
Coach Pitino met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the Duke game. The Cards will face Duke on Saturday, one week after facing North Carolina. These are regular season games for us now people. How cool is that?
Video from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com. Transcript from Courier-Journal.com.
Opening statement: Well I like 12 o’clock games much better than 9 o’clock games so we’re looking forward to this. Certainly this conference is different on every given night. Any time you have a large conference, you’ll see things that you don’t expect. Certainly, you did not expect the Miami victory that way in the last 10 minutes of the game. But nonetheless Duke presents a lot of problems for us that we have got to take care of in order to get a victory.
To get yourself ready for the big game tomorrow between Louisville and Duke, here is a little throwback game for ya. It’s the full game between the Cards and Blue Devils in the 1986 National Championship. Check out guys like Pervis Ellison, Milt Wagner, and Billy Thompson for the Cards. And then Jay Bilas and Johnny Dawkins for the Blue Devils. The box score is also listed below.
Louisville’s Chris Jones spoke after the game about bouncing back and getting the win over Virginia Tech, and on his role of a point guard and getting shots for his teammates. Below is a transcript of what he said. Well, it’s the best I could do. Not an easy thing to transcribe what Jones says.
It will take winning and some outside help, but the Louisville Cardinals still have a chance to play in the Orange Bowl this season, which is the BCS Bowl that the ACC is tied to. The only poll that matters now is the College Football Playoff Ranking, so that is the one I will refer to. Louisville enters this week ranked 24th.
Now let’s be clear. When talking about the teams that have a shot at the Orange Bowl from the ACC, they would need Florida State to make it into the Playoff, which would open up the Orange Bowl spot for the next best ACC team. Remember, “next best ACC team” just means the highest ranked ACC team. Head to head means nothing, perception of teams means nothing. It is all about who is ranked highest.
The Cards are off this Saturday because of their game next Thursday against Florida State. There are still some other good games this weekend to pay attention to in the ACC division races. The Coastal is obviously all jumbled up as 1 game separates all 7 teams. Boston College needs to get back to their winning ways, so hosting Wake Forest should help that. Can Virginia get back on track against UNC and show that the first half of the season wasn’t a fluke?
And it will be good to see if Clemson can go on the road and play in a loud environment…
Week 8 for the ACC got started on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 21-16 in a Coastal matchup. Obviously, the biggest game involving an ACC team is not a conference game, and that is Florida State vs Notre Dame. Other than that, there are still some good games that should put some separation between teams in the conference. Here is the schedule, followed by the standings.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.
Here is the schedule of games today in the ACC. Obviously, Louisville at Clemson is the game of the week, but there are some other good games as well.
Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) vs (1) Florida State (5-0, 3-0) 12:00 ESPN
Miami (3-3, 1-2) vs Cincinnati (2-2, 0-1) 12:00 GamePlan/ESPN3
Week 6 is full of ACC Conference games, so things will be exciting today. Duke and Boston College both have a bye, but everyone else plays and they are all conference games. Louisville got the week started with their 28-6 win over Syracuse on Friday night. Here is the schedule of games for this week, along with the standings.
Louisville (5-1, 3-1) def Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) 28-6
North Carolina (2-2, 0-1) vs Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1) 12:30 GamePlan/ESPN3
Clemson (2-2, 1-1) vs NC State (4-1, 0-1) 3:30 ESPNU
Listed below is the schedule of college football games for ACC teams in Week 4. The highlight of the day is clearly (1) Florida State vs (22) Clemson tonight. If you haven’t heard, quarterback Jameis Winston will not play at all in the game. There are some other big non-conference games that would be big wins for the ACC as Miami plays (24) Nebraska, Virginia faces (21) BYU, and Pittsburgh plays Iowa.
Right now, the only ACC teams that are ranked are Florida State and Clemson. However, there are 7 ACC teams that are on the “others receiving votes” part of the rankings. So this is a big week for the conference when it comes to national perception.
- Others receiving votes: North Carolina 82, Duke 55, Mississippi State 55, Virginia Tech 54, Penn State 51, East Carolina 44, TCU 42, Pittsburgh 40, Florida 31, Marshall 28, Boston College 22, West Virginia 14, Washington 14, Cincinnati 10, Virginia 6, Arkansas 3, Arizona 3, North Dakota State 3, Louisville 2
Virginia Tech (2-1) vs Georgia Tech (3-0) 12:00 ESPN
Pittsburgh (3-0) vs Iowa (2-1) 12:00 ESPNU
There aren’t too many exciting games (on paper) in the ACC today, or in college football for that matter. There are a couple of ranked games around the country, but honestly, it’s college football. So of course it’s still exciting! The ACC should have a pretty good day today, and carrying the flag for the conference will be Virginia Tech as they try to take down Ohio State.
There are some other games of interest to me. I’d like to see Virginia have a win since we play them next week. After the performance last week, Wake Forest needs a win anytime they can get one, so hopefully today is it for them. Troy usually has a good team, so Duke could be challenged. I would like to see Miami have a dominant game, anything to make our win look even better! San Diego State is usually a solid program, so North Carolina could have a decent game on their hands. Then obviously the big one with Virginia Tech and Ohio State. I guess you could say I am very wrapped up in this whole ACC thing. College football is fun. Oh, and Go Cards!
Here is the full schedule of games for the ACC. It looks like it is ESPN3 day for the conference.
This years College Basketball preseason edition of Sporting News ranks the Cards at #7. Sporting News also has 3 other ACC teams (Duke, UNC, and Virginia) in the top 10. IMO anywhere between 7-12 is a fair ranking for Louisville this season. Regardless of ranking there is no doubt that this will be one of the best conferences we have seen in awhile. #ACC
The official media predictions will be released on Monday, but I figured I would go ahead and give my predictions for how I think the standings will be in the ACC this season. This prediction will mean about as much as the media one that comes out tomorrow, which is not much at all. The games have to be played on the field, so whatever we predict is just good for conversation and debate. Pretty soon I will post my game-by-game prediction for the Cards, but for now, here are my predicted standings…
1) Florida State
5) North Carolina State
6) Boston College
7) Wake Forest