After a year of no postseason basketball, Louisville opens their NCAA tournament as the 2-seed in the Midwest region against 15-seed Jacksonville State today in Indianapolis at approximately 2:45 on CBS.
Jacksonville State earned its bid against most odds by knocking off the 1 and 2 seed enroute to their conference championship. This is the first time the Gamecocks will appear in an NCAA tournament game, thanks to new coach Ray Harper. Harper may be new to Jacksonville State, but he’s no stranger to Louisville. He was the infamous coach of the WKU team remembered vividly among Cardinal fans for the incident with 4 Hilltoppers and Montrezl Harrell a few years ago.
Well, against most of the nation’s wishes (*cough cough* Lunardi and Jerry Palm), Louisville has drawn the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.
Louisville will face former WKU head coach Ray Harper’s Jacksonsville State in the opening round. Michigan is the 7-seed pitted against the 10-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys. The 3-seed is Oregon, who fell a seed line after losing senior Chris Boucher to a torn-ACL. Purdue is the 4-seed and Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.
This really couldn’t have been a better draw for the Cardinals. A 2-seed and the 3-seed being Oregon without their shot-blocking big man is more than anyone could have asked for. Now the Cards have to take care of business, let the Madness ensue.
Also, cool stat, the only 2 times Louisville has been a 2-seed? 1980 and 1986, anyways, carry on.
If you are like me and don’t follow recruiting super close then you may not have had any idea who Andrew White was before yesterday. If you are like my guy Steve Rummage is with recruiting the when this kid came out of high school you knew who he was. One thing is for sure. If Steve gets excited about a player….YOU get excited about a player. When the news came about yesterday that Andrew White was basically just waiting for a Louisville offer, some people were skeptical. **cough cough Maybin** BUT if you were having an off day like my guy MM then you should’ve expected an L on this situation too. O. Wondering why that didn’t say LOL? Because Marques took all the L’s yesterday on Middays with Marques Maybin from 10-12 on 93.9 The Ville. (insert drum rimshot) Ok, joking aside, Andrew White is every bit the talent that Steve touted. He can shoot, pass and take it to the rack. Steve made the statement that with White our 2nd team could beat teams 18-25 in the country and I agree. Here are some highlights from Mr. White. You make your own opinion. (Click more for the videos)
Here are the to win the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball championship via espn.com and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
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It’s may not be another championship but it’s something worth being proud of. For the umpteenth consecutive year the UofL Cards made the list of the most valuable programs. There was something surprising on this list. Louisville was one of 10 ACC teams in the top 50 of College Basketball schools with the most net worth. 4 out of the top 10! A-C-C, A-C-C….I think that’s how the football conference down the road does it. Where did Louisville land on this list?
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Today at approx. 4pm on ESPNU, the baseball Cards will take the field against either Kansas or Uk. The Cards defeated Kansas 6-3 in the regional game yesterday and by doing so earn a berth to the finals. Kentucky however has had the Cards number this season winning 8-3 in Lexington and beating the Cards at home 4-2. I believe Kansas will get it going late and win. The Cards will not be facing either teams ace as they were both used yesterday. If the winner of KU/uk defeats the Cards tonight, there will be a final game tomorrow night at 7 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tickets are cheap so go fill up this magnificent ballpark.
For the Cards to defeat Kansas tonight they will need to execute on defense better. The Cards seemed to struggle yesterday a little with errors, mistakes which loaded the bases at least three times for Kansas yesterday. Even though most think we would have won by more if Kidston was taken out, he improved to 8-0 with the win and showed great resolve despite his mistakes. No offense to the Kansas team, I have friends who follow them for media purposes, but if they were a decent hitting team we would have lost yesterday. For the Cards to beat uk tonight they will have to rely on keeping the ball in the park. Whereas UL is a great small-ball team, uk is a great long-ball team. The Cards gave up 0 HR’s yesterday so that will be key to repeat again tonight. Win or lose the Cards should be ok as Funkhouser would take the mound tomorrow night if the cards are beaten. The Cards will host Super Regional action if they win this regional. Stay tuned to CSZ for times and dates as they become available.
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The University of Louisville Women’s Golf team have captured the Cardinal Cup this year. Nine of the ten players on the team finished in the top 20 of the tournament and 4 finished in the top 10 and the top 2 finishers in the tournament. Sophomore Laura Restrepo shot a final round 75 to win the tournament by one. The team was so in sync that Louisville’s B team finished third. The Cards have won both tournaments they have played in this year with Laura Restrepo winning both individually. Great job ladies!
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