As I’m sitting here at work, on game day, I’m finding it extremely hard to focus. I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m one of the fans who takes this rivalry too seriously.
I’m the daughter of Allen and Maribeth Sherrard, two crazy Louisville fans. My parents traveled with the team before I was born. I was actually attending Louisville games before I was born. I grew up going to all home games in football and basketball. My best childhood memories are the games I went to with my parents.
In an all-around team effort, the No. 11 Cardinals took care of business at home against the visiting Salukis from Southern Illinois. The Cardinals went into halftime up 37-26 and the second half scoring was almost identical with the Cardinals outscoring the Salukis 37-25 for a final score of 74-51. While Louisville shot well from the field overall (45.8%), their 3-point percentage (23.5% on 4-17) and their free throw percentage (61.5% on 16-26) left much to be desired. Those two categories have to improve for the Cardinals or else the upcoming schedule will prove to be more difficult than already anticipated. As anticipated the Cardinals took advantage of the height difference out-rebounding the Salukis 43 to 31, which included 13 offensive rebounds. Two more bright spots were the assists to made basket percentage (48%) and the 9 total blocks (which, again can be attributed to the height difference).
The Cardinals were led in scoring by Mangok Mathiang (yes, you read that correctly), who scored 15 points on an efficient 6-9 from the field. Deng Adel finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jaylen Johnson almost had another double-double as well, he finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Matz Stockman saw an increase in playing time and made the most of it, he went 3-4 with 7 points in 16 minutes.
Up next, the Cardinals host Texas Southern on Saturday at 2pm. As long as Louisville keeps their focus on the opponent in front of them, the Battle for the Bluegrass should feature two Top-10 teams for just the 6th time since the rivalry was renewed in 1983.
The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals host the Salukis of Southern Illinois tonight in the Yum! Center at 7pm. The game can be seen on Fox Sports South for local viewers and ACC Networks for viewers outside the area.
The Cardinals will be out without Anas Mahmoud (concussion) for the second straight game but the Salukis only have one player above 6’8 on the roster so height should not be an issue. The Salukis are 5-3 entering tonight and are currently riding a 2 game win streak. Look for some lineup changes, Pitino has talked about a “quick” lineup with Deng Adel and VJ King playing 2 guard spots and Ray Spalding in the post. Personally, I’m hoping Matz Stockman gets some clock tonight after the first half he had against Grand Canyon. Either way, expect some shuffling around as this is the time for Pitino to find his go to lineup for the rigorous schedule ahead.
As of now, the Cards are 21 point favorites over the Salukis. I can’t see Louisville having much trouble tonight and should win handily. My prediction is a score of 85-57 with all around solid performances and a breakout 20 and 10 game from sophomore Ray Spalding.
“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”
Good day folks. As we settle in on this Monday, days away from a game that could decide whether or not that collision course with a National Championship will be realized or destroyed in a matter of hours, I want to remind everyone to enjoy this moment. We have the nation’s best player and possibly the schools first Heisman winner.
After the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released on Tuesday, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves on the outside looking in, as expected. What wasn’t expected was how far outside they were. After spending the majority of the season in the top 5 of the polls (#5 in the AP Poll for last few weeks), Louisville was jumped by Ohio State and Texas A&M in the first installation of this year’s College Football Playoff Rankings. Ranked 7th, the Cards still have a shot to get in, but they have to be impressive (I don’t buy the committee saying “margin of victory doesn’t factor in”, Bobby put the committee on the spot with his sportsmanship comment). Anyways, the Louisville Cardinals were exactly that yesterday, impressive. The Cards made a statement with a 52-7 victory over Boston College on the road.
Needless to say, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has had an absolutely incredible season. U of L has had tremendous quarterbacks in school history from Brian Brohm to Jeff Brohm, but Jackson is in the process of rewriting dozens of school records before leaving. How many records Jackson will grab before leaving the University of Louisville is going to be more than intriguing, and here’s a compilation of records that he can grab.
Another day, another big time commitment for the University of Louisville.
Defensive back Russ Yeast, who was the #4 rated player in the state of Indiana on 24/7 Sports, commits to Louisville almost a week after the Cards grabbed another top recruit in four-star running back Colin Wilson. Yeast chose the Cardinals over Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky, whom Yeast had committed to prior to his announcement today.
Yeast joins his father, Craig, as a potential second-generation college football player. Craig Yeast played as a wide receiver for Kentucky from 1995-1998, and played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.
With Yeast’s commitment to the Cardinals, Louisville now has 23 commitments in the 2017 class, while ranked in the top 30 on both ESPN and Scout’s rankings. Louisville’s class is ranked as high as 23rd on Scout.com, and could be trending up with this commitment.
After what many considered to be a sub par performance against Duke last week, the Louisville football team bounced back in impressive fashion. The Cardinals thumped the Wolfpack from the opening snap and never looked back. The final score read Louisville 54-N.C. State 13, and it could’ve been worse had it not been for a scoreless 3rd quarter from the Cards.
Last Time: The Duke Blue Devils marched to a 13-point lead in the second half, but behind Damion Lee’s 24 points, the Cardinals were able to rally back and take a 71-64 win over the Blue Devils, avenging their loss two weeks earlier at Cameron Indoor Arena.
Wait a minute, this is football we’re talking about here. Duke and Louisville have only played each other once, a 40-3 blowout victory for the Cardinals in 2002. Dave Ragone went 23/34 for 258 yards and two touchdowns, while Henry Miller accounted for 92 yards and a touchdown in the blowout victory. Louisville overcame four turnovers while holding Duke to 175 total yards.
Before this football season started we as Louisville fans had high expectations. We heard Robert Patrick Petrino say the goal was to win a national championship and he wanted to get back to lighting up the scoreboard. Petrino’s words did nothing to temper expectations. Most realistic Louisville fans knew that winning a national championship was a long shot. Making the college football playoffs seemed like a long shot also but most believed that we had a better shot to make the playoffs than Kentucky had to make a bowl game. So you’re saying there’s a chance. Read the rest of this entry
USA Today has an updated list of projections for every bowl game. There are only two schools from the state of Kentucky projected to play in a bowl game this year. Check out the list to see who they are and the bowl game they are projected to play. Read the rest of this entry
After Louisville made its inaugural trip to Death Valley in 2014, all I heard about was what a great experience it was and how nice everyone was. The epic stories made it seem like it was some sort of college football heaven. I just had to see what it was all about. I planned on making the return trip long before we knew it was going to be a top 5 matchup.
As we pulled into Clemson the first thing we heard was someone yelling ” go back to Kentucky.” I was so pleased to hear that because I needed the Clemson fans to not be as hospitable as advertised. Well, that was the last negative remark I heard for 2 days.
After hours of tailgating, where every Clemson fan felt the need to welcome us and tell us good luck, we decided to hop on the shuttle to the stadium. Turns out the shuttle we boarded drops you off at the library. We must have looked lost after departing the shuttle because this beautiful young co-ed walked up to our group of six decked out in Cardinal gear and asked in the sweetest souther draw, ” Y’all need some help?” She pointed us in the right direction and wished us luck.
We stopped at the student union to get a bite to eat before entering the stadium. The counter worked greeted us with ” welcome to Clemson, what can I get for you today?” I was thinking you could get me a barf bag because I am getting sick of all this fake friendliness. Nobody can be this nice. Especially a whole community other than Chick-Fil-A workers.
Clemson fans, I hate you! I needed you to be hostile. I needed you to be offensive towards me and my Cardinal gear to prove that we were a threat. To prove that you took us seriously. I needed your southern hospitality and friendliness to be a facade. I needed it to be a front for the true evil and hatred for us. I so wanted you to be Darth Vader dressed in an Easter Bunny costume. I though bringing the third ranked team to your house would bring out your true colors. Apparently, those are your true colors and I respect you. Thank you for a great time. We look forward to hosting you in our house next year.
For the first time this season, the Cardinals found themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard when the final whistle blew. It started the way the past two match-ups between these two teams had gone. Louisville’s offense was held without a point in the first quarter for the first time all season, but the defense held the Clemson offense scoreless through the first 15 minutes as well. The 2nd quarter began with the Cardinals deep in Tiger territory. It didn’t take long for the offense to punch in the first touchdown of the game on a Jeremy Smith 1 yard burst. The rest of the 2nd quarter, did not follow the same script.
Last Time: In a primetime Thursday night thriller, Louisville fell short against the Tigers 20-17. Louisville cut the lead in the fourth quarter on a 100-yard return from Traveon Samuel, and had one final possession to tie the game after missing a field goal. However, a botched snap in field goal range and an intercepted Hail Mary ended Louisville’s hope of an upset bid, sending them to 0-3 for the first time since 1984.
Clemson currently leads the series 2-0, with both games decided by three points.
About the Clemson Tigers
Clemson has, quite literally, everything you want in college football; top five head coach (Dabo Swinney), an elite quarterback (Deshaun Watson), incredible skill players (Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams, etc.) and a good defense. There’s a reason this team was a kickoff return touchdown away from their first national championship since 1981.
The Louisville Cardinals have just started their third season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The first two football seasons were successful but both contained close losses to perennial conference and national power Clemson. The unanimous takeaway from both fan bases is just how friendly and hospitable the other fans were during their visits to the opposing schools. A mutual respect between Clemson and Louisville was earned and expected to continue. But will it continue after about 8:22 of Saturday night?
“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”
Good morning to all of you. The BHK is upset he let Marshall cause him to have heart palpitations all of last week despite being reassured by 90% of CardNation there was nothing to worry about. My apologies to the court for my pessimism, I will do better. Nonetheless, I will now read my observations of the Marshall game.
- The BHK is aware that Marshall University is not the same as West Virginia University. From what i have heard and read it appears that Marshall fans were very welcoming and friendly. Still, this was a trip I refused to take (see opening statement for my reason)
For the first time all season, the Louisville offense appeared out of sorts in the first quarter. Lamar started the game missing receivers, forcing passes, and the running game was never really there for the speedy quarterback. Once the offense settled down, we saw the nation’s top ranked offense do what we’ve become accustomed to, put a lot of points on the scoreboard.
Louisville’s offense recorded a season low 7 points in the first quarter. Then the second quarter began. Lamar found his tight end, Cole Hikutini in the end zone twice, ran for a score, and then found Reggie Bonnafon in the end zone to close out a 28 point second quarter to go into halftime up 35-7. The announcers were not shy in their disappointment in the Louisville offense early on. It seemed as though no matter what the offense did right, there was always something they could’ve been doing better. As a fan, I’ve never experienced a team being so critiqued while building an insurmountable lead but that’s where we are now in the program which is a great thing.
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium set an attendance record with 55,632 people watching Louisville defeat 2nd ranked Florida State on Saturday September 17th. Even though it was the largest crowd ever, there was one person not in attendance. 7-year old Bryson Betts is a huge Cardinal fan but wasn’t able to witness history because he was resting in his hospital bed after approximately 8 hours of brain surgery. Read the rest of this entry