Jordan Nwora enters his sophomore season with high expectations. His production as a freshman was solid, averaging 5 points, 2 rebounds and 43%(!) from 3. His recent play for team Nigeria in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers has garnered some significant buzz. His scoring ability will be valuable as his minutes increase next season.
Darius Perry will enter his second year at Louisville after playing in 36 games as a freshman. He shot 84% from the free throw line and ended the year averaging more assists than turnovers. Darius will be a very important piece of the rotation as a sophomore and will undoubtedly fight for a starting role.
McMahon sat out the beginning of the 17-18 season due to injury. He finished the season appearing in 29 games, shooting 84% from the free throw line, and 40% from 3. He will look to have an increased impact this year with the departure of Quentin Snider.
Asia enters her senior year as one of the best players in the country. Last year’s ACC player of the year will break into the 2,000 point club this season. In the 17-18 season she averaged almost 19 a game, while shooting 40% from 3 and 80 percent from the free throw line. She will again be an integral part of a team that is seeking their first national championship.
Dwayne Sutton had a solid year in his first season with the Cardinals. He broke into the starting lineup a few times and was the guy that did everything. His role will surely be increased next season with the departure of several players.
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Robbie Valentine was on air with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage for the Tuesday May 15th edition of Middays with Marques Maybin. They discussed everything from Robbie’s upcoming 33rd (!) annual basketball camps to the type of recruits coach Mack has been bringing in. They also discussed the incredible Donovan Mitchell and the impact he has had on the Louisville and Utah communities thus far. Take a listen below!
Welp. This sucks.
The Louisville Ladybirds play a huge part in the success of the Louisville athletic program. Not only are they the catalyst for keeping the fans entertained and the energy level up at the football and basketball games, they themselves have contributed approximately 7,954 National championships (I may have rounded up). They are a team that doesn’t settle for just being good, they strive for perfection – and usually achieve it! They are also very involved in community service and making appearances throughout the city. We appreciate and respect their hard work and dedication.
The final game of the 2017-2018 season took place on a snowy Tuesday night in March. The fans came out in force to show their support for the team and the coaching staff that have been through the ringer this season. Anas and Q played their final game in a Louisville uniform and got the ovation they deserved from the fans. Mississippi State looked like the better team for the entire game and the final score reflected that.
With the Men’s Basketball season coming to a close, I want to thank everyone that has looked at even one picture this season. However, the photo galleries will not stop. We will have galleries from the women’s game this weekend and recaps from the season later on down the road. We will also have more baseball galleries and we can look forward to the spring football pictures.
Until next season, thank you and Go Cards!
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This second round NIT game at the KFC Yum! Center was probably one of the best atmosphere’s I have ever been a part of. I am so proud of my fellow Card fans. It could have been so easy to just brush this season off because it didn’t turn out the way we expected. The team could have just quit and turned their attention to next year – but they didn’t. And I believe it’s because they saw that the fans didn’t give up on them. Once the truest of true fans finally got the opportunity to show their support, the team took notice and it elevated their play. The smile on Ryan McMahon’s face as he stood near the free throw line and watched the crowd flawlessly perform the wave, was absolutely the best thing I saw all day.
For a full recap of the victory over MTSU, CLICK HERE.
Below are some sights and sounds from this glorious night (You will have to make your own sounds). Read the rest of this entry
The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.
But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.
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This men’s basketball season will continue on and I am blaming it on the fans. Maybe blame isn’t the correct way to say that so I’ll say “credit the fans” because I am happy that the season isn’t over. I love watching some Cardinal basketball – and if some is good, then more is better. I know there are many of you who feel the same way. About 10,000 of you came out to the Yum Center on Tuesday night to prove it. I’m thankful for all of you.
This may not have been the tournament that the Cardinals were hoping to play in, but they fought through an ugly game to beat NKU 66-58. The Cards came out flat shooting 35% in the first quarter and only 13% in the second quarter. Luckily, NKU was held to only 34% shooting for the game and turned the ball over 14 times to give the Cards the victory.
Louisville was led by Deng Adel, who scored 20 points including going 6 for 6 from the field in the 4th quarter. Ray Spalding had an off night offensively, but he did grab 13 rebounds. The Cards shot 72% from the free throw line, but only 33% from the 3-point line, which was moved back to the international length.
Louisville will play the winner of Middle Tennessee State and Vermont later this week at the KFC Yum! Center. The day and times will be announced after the completion of the first round.
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Well, there isn’t much to say. No words are going to heal the pain that this loss has brought to Cardnation tonight. The team showed heart and fight all night long. They controlled the #1 team in the country for 39 minutes. Coach Padgett said that this is the toughest loss he has ever experienced. Many in Cardnation are going to feel the same way after this result. This game meant so much to this team that is in desperate need of a signature win. Not to mention this should have been the game that ended the drought against Virginia.
All that being said, this team has one more game left before tournament play. The Cards travel to N.C. State in two days to fight for their seeding in the conference and NCAA tournament. This team has the opportunity to end the season on a high note and head into the ACC tournament with some momentum. This one hurts, but it’s not the end for this team or the seniors.
Also, click here to check out the Senior Day Photo Gallery!
What a way to send out lone senior Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals, with a 15 – 1 league record, are the 2018 ACC Regular Season Co-Champions. Louisville and Notre Dame finished with the same record. However, Louisville owns the tiebreaker over the Fighting Irish and will enter the ACC Tournament as the One Seed. Read the rest of this entry
Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 71-62 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Anas came through with another strong game today and Ray Spalding appears to be slowly shifting into the player we all thought he would be coming into this year. He scored 10 points and added 14 rebounds.
Here’s Louisville Head coach David Padgett
Here are some highlights from the 72-57 exhibition victory over Bellarmine.
The University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team took the court Friday night for the final Red-White Scrimmage of the year. The White team dominated the game, winning by a final score of 96-64.
Acting Head Coach David Padgett switched up the teams for this scrimmage. The White team was made up of King, Snider, Adel, Spalding, Mahmoud and Griffin. The White team was coached by Coach Padgett himself. The Red team was represented by Thomas, Perry, Williams, Redding, Enoch, Sutton and Nwora. The Red team was coached by Trent Johnson.
Upcoming University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Events
Wednesday, Oct. 25
ACC Operation Basketball – Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, NC
UofL Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Padgett and seniors Anas Mahmoud and Quentin Snider will attend the ACC media day event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day.
Last night was a return to normalcy for cardinal Basketball and fans alike. With an expected attendance of 4,000 fans, once again we did not let them down. About 7,000 people showed up to watch the first Red-White Scrimmage of the season. Coach Padgett was very appreciative. “The ovation I received at the beginning of the scrimmage was extremely humbling” he said at the post game presser. The pre-game intros were high energy as you could tell Card Nation was ready to put the past in the past. The actual game was very entertaining highlighted by a pair of dunks on Anas, one by Deng & one by Jo Griffin. Oof. The Red team pulled away with a 94-80 victory over the white team despite the efforts of Gerald cheering the Red team on. For the Red team Deng Adel went for 32 points and 13 rebounds and Ray added 22 points and 16 boards of his own. “If Deng, Ray, Malik and that Frontcourt can rebound like that during the regular season, we are gonna be in good shape” said Padgett. For the White team VJ scored 30 but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 9 times. Malik had 17 rebounds and Jordan Nwora added 18 points off of 50% shooting including 4-6 from 3 pt land. Overall it was a great night and you can tell that this is a high energy group who can score. Buckle up CardNation, it’s gonna be a fun ride this season. We need and deserve a fun one too. Oh yeah, Jeff Nunn took a lot of great pics, check them out!