Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, and this is possibly the biggest week for Louisville baseball all season.
Last weekend was very tumultuous for the Cardinals team. After having the game at Kentucky postponed due to rain, they immediately traveled to Tallahassee to face Florida State. The Cardinals lost the series (7-12 Fri., 7-1 Sat., 5-16 Sun.), making it their second series defeat in the ACC this season. The Cardinals did not lose any series against ACC opponents last season, and the Cardinals dropped to 3-6 against Top 25 opponents on the road in 2016. The Cardinals returned home yesterday and thumped Western Kentucky 14-2, improving to a 20-1 record at home.
Welcome back to Around the Bases, which has not been rained out today.
Last weekend was business as usual for Louisville, as the Cardinals swept the Hokies. With wins of 8-4 (Fri.), 13-0 (Sat.) and 9-3 (Sun.), the Cardinals have a six-game winning streak heading into another big weekend at Florida State. Florida State currently holds a two-game lead over Louisville in the ACC Atlantic Division, and a series win could be big in clinching back-to-back division titles for the Cardinals.
Well if you are still reading this after that headline, thank you. All four of you are appreciated! The Louisville Cardinals dismantled Florida State on Wednesday night by a final score of 84-65, and that is with the ‘Noles finishing the game on a 10-0 run against the Louisville reserves. This was a 25-30 point game for a lot of the second half. The Cards dominated this one from start to finish and now find themselves in 2nd place in the ACC.
Offense and defense clicking
Louisville (14-3, 3-1) returns to action on Wednesday night when Florida State (12-5, 2-3) comes to town, and while that may not get the needle moving in basketball like it would football, the Seminoles are not a team to overlook. Here are some notes about each team to prepare you for the next ACC game for the Cards…
PITINO: Well, I’ll tell you basically what I tell the team is basically buckle your seat belts because it’s gonna be one helluva ride in the ACC. It reminds me so much of the Big East in its prime in terms of, you know, you see it going one way, then all of a sudden you see now you have Virginia and Clemson near the top, you see Georgia Tech playing real well. Syracuse looks like they’re out of it, now they get hot. Duke loses three, Virginia loses three and then suddenly the thing’s upside down, and then it will turn back. It will be a roller coaster ride that will drive fans and coaches crazy, but it will be a lot of fun playing this type of competition, needless to say.
Q: Is it even more unpredictable than you thought going in?
Andrea Adelson published her way-too-early 2016 ACC football rankings on ESPN.com. To no surprise, Clemson and Florida State still top the list, with Louisville right behind them. The Cards return a lot of talent and should be good, but we can’t act like those two teams are suddenly going to fall off. 2016 should be a fun year for sure. Here is what she had to say about the top 3 teams.
Todd Grantham and Sheldon Rankins spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday. They talk about the Florida State game and look ahead to Boston College.
Bobby Petrino and Reggie Bonnafon met with the media on Monday to talk about the loss to Florida State and also preview this Saturday’s game against Boston College. The transcript for Petrino is below the videos. The Cards face Boston College at 12:30 this Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
If you have any desire to, you can watch the Louisville-FSU game in only an hour. Florida State still wins.
There is never a bad time to watch this. This is one of those games where you remember where you were when you watched this game. HENRY MILLER!
Jimbo Fisher’s comments after practice on Thursday. He once again has nothing but good things to say about Louisville, as any coach does leading up to the game. And he gives an injury report on his team.
I have said it before and I will say it again: I love when opposing schools have youtube channels and keep them updated with press conferences and preview videos like this. It certainly helps pass the time during the week while you wait for Saturday to get here. If you are like me, you just can’t get too much information leading up to a game like this.
This preview is from Seminoles.com.
Todd Grantham, Josh Appleby, and James Burgess talked to the media on Wednesday to preview Florida State. Because, why wouldn’t you want to hear from the punter that is making a Heisman run? (If you don’t listen to Ramsey & Rutherford on 93.9 The Ville, you won’t get it.)
Quick and to the point. I like it!
Offensive lineman Wilson Bell and defensive end DeMarcus Walker spoke to the media on Tuesday about Saturday’s game against the Louisville Cardinals. I must say, I could probably listen to Wilson Bell for a few more minutes!
Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee and wide receiver James Quick spoke to the media after practice on Tuesday. The Cards take on Florida State this Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher spoke to the media after practice on Tuesday. He talks about his team, previews the Cards a little bit and says they could very well be 4-1 or 5-0, and talks about Steve Spurrier. Some of his quotes (from seminoles.com) are below the video.