Welcome back to Around the Bases, where we are going to dial in as Louisville baseball is about to begin its anticipated postseason run.
It was another 4-0 week for the Cardinals, as Louisville finished with strong wins at Vanderbilt and swept NC State at home. The wins pushed Louisville (42-10) to a 15-7 record against Top 25 competition, and a staggering 32-1 home record this season. Kade McClure, Brendan McKay and Drew Harrington all secured wins to become the ninth, 10th and 11 pitchers to reach 10 wins in a single season. It’s also the first time in school history that Louisville has had three 10-win pitchers in one season (Louisville had two in 2013 with Jeff Thompson and Chad Green). Senior pitcher Kyle Funkhouser has also won 10 games in a season, posting a school-record 13 wins in 2014.
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Well that certainly was an entertaining game on a late Tuesday night. Indiana shot lights out for a half, but couldn’t keep up as the Cards hit them with their signature “boom” in the second half and pulled away with a 20 point victory. The 4th ranked Cardinals moved to 8-0 on the season and Indiana fell to 7-2.
The trio of Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, and Terry Rozier were phenomenal. They combined for 71 points, only being outscored by 3 by the whole Indiana team. Here are some of my quick reactions from right after the game…
Louisville football target Kalin Heath updated CSZ on his recruitment Saturday night. Heath is from Cartersville, Georgia and is listed on the major recruiting sites as a 3-star prospect. About two weeks ago, it was almost a sure thing that Heath was going to commit to the Cards. After speaking with Coach Petrino, he decided that he wanted to take his time and wait until June to commit anywhere. At the time, he said Louisville was still the leader, but it was just too soon for him to commit and make that decision. So where does he stand now in his recruitment?
Heath has a list of seven schools: Louisville, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Indiana, and UNC Charlotte. Is there a leader? “Right now everyone is even until I visit all the schools,” Heath said. “I’d like to see how well I fit into all these schools.”
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson will be hired at Louisville to replace Kevin Keatts on Rick Pitino’s staff. Johnson is most known for his ability to recruit, and most see this as a huge hire for Pitino.
To learn more about Johnson, here is his bio from IUHoosiers.com:
• Joined head coach Tom Crean’s staff on May 1, 2012, after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Towson University.
• A native of Oxon Hill, Md., served as associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia for four years prior to joining the Towson staff.
We posted months ago that the Louisville Cardinals would be facing the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2014-15 season as part of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Today, the date and time were finalized.
The game will take place on December 9 at 9 p.m. ET and it will be shown on ESPN. Villanova will face Maryland at 7:00 p.m., so obviously that 9:00 tipoff will be closer to 9:30 or 10.
So far, this gives Louisville a few marquee non-conference games. They open the season against Richard Pitino and Minnesota, and of course they face Kentucky, and now Indiana.
All-time, Louisville and Indiana have met 16 times, with the Hoosiers holding a 10-6 advantage. The Cardinals won the last matchup 95-76 on Feb. 1, 2003, at Freedom Hall. Francisco Garcia came off the bench and scored 23 points, while Reece Gaines (17), Ellis Myles (13), and Luke Whitehead (11) each tallied double-figure points.
Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall. Ticket prices range from $15-275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008, and online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
Four-star safety Nilijah Ballew (Cincinnati, OH) took an official visit to Indiana this weekend. He was supposed to be visiting Louisville, but when the new coaching staff first contacted Ballew, they moved his visit date back to the weekend of January 31. So naturally, Ballew had to find other options just in case. It had just been learned that Daniel Gresham’s commitment would not be honored, so the smart thing was obviously to have a back-up plan.
So what did Ballew think of his visit with the Hoosiers? “I liked it enough to make it a toss up. I could possibly start right away at IU and it’s Big 10 football. I really enjoyed my visit and I’m deeply considering my other options.”
The 7th ranked Louisville Cardinals soccer team traveled to Bloomington tonight and defeated the defending NCAA National Champion Indiana Hoosiers by a whopping 3-0 score. Joachim Ball had a career high 7 saves en route to recording the 7th shutout of the season. The Cards have allowed only one goal in their last seven games. Zack Foxhoven scored a goal and had an assist as did Marlon Hairston. Junior Daniel Keller added the other goal. The Cards are now 9-2-1 on the season and with this win Louisville claims the overall series lead at 4-3-1. The Cards are on an eight game undefeated streak and return home to host AAC rival and Co-favorite Connecticut on Saturday at 7 p.m., ET at Cardinal Park.
According to this article from the IndyStar, the Louisville Cardinals will finally face the Indiana Hoosiers again in basketball in the 2014-15 season! It will be apart of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2014! They have not played each other since the 2002-2003 season.
The article does note that there is a contract for this game, but until ESPN finalizes the game, it is premature to call it official. This is still way more progress than we have seen before, so it should be very exciting if it happens!
The IU Tailgate Tour made its stop at Huber’s on Wednesday evening. That is their version of our Cardinal Caravan. Tom Crean was there, and was asked by WHAS 11’s Adam Lefkoe about the chances of renewing the rivalry between the Cards and Hoosiers on the court. Here is what Crean had to say…