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Louisville vs Syracuse: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals look to bounce back from Wednesday night’s road loss against UNC today against a Syracuse team that is looking to build on a buzzer beater win over Duke in their last outing. The two old Big East foes face off today at 2pm on CBS, Louisville is favored by 9.

Syracuse is led in scoring by Guard Andrew White at 17.5 PPG. Guard John Gillon facilitates the offense by averaging 5.4 APG. However, the guy who may be the most essential piece to the Syracuse puzzle is forward Tyler Lydon. The Sophomore averages 13.5 PPG and leads the team with 8.1 RPG, he fills the stat sheet but does the grunt work as well which makes him essential to the Orange’s gameplan against the gritty Cards.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino have been coaching together and against each other since their careers began. Today they may face off for the last time as Boeheim alluded to the possibility of this being his last season. I think the Cards spoil the potential last reunion for Boeheim and do so impressively.

Cards 83-Orange 68.

Go Cards!

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Louisville vs Virginia Tech: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals look to keep their ACC regular season title hopes alive when the Hokies of Virginia Tech take the floor at the Yum! Center today at 1pm, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.

Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6) enter the game today with their last two wins against Virginia in 2OT and at Pittsburgh, so the Hokies are riding a hot streak. They’re led by senior forward Zach Leday at 15.2 PPG. Other than Leday, the Hokies only floored on other positional player that wasn’t a guard against Pitt, so once again, the Cards will have to stop a guard oriented team.

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Ky. Derby Festival Basketball Classic Roster Features All 4 Louisville Signees

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The Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic announced the 2017 roster. Among this years participants are all 4 Louisville signees, Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Jordan Nwora and Lance Thomas. The roster will also include 3 Indiana signees as well as 1 UK signee. The Classic will be held at Freedom Hall on Saturday, April 15th at 7pm. Tickets go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 17 and will cost $18 (in advance, $20 at door) for lower arena and $50 for VIP courtside seating. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the game and 2017 Pegasus Pins will allow for free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars (3-point shooting and dunk contests), which will be held on Friday, April 14, at Indiana University Southeast.

The last time 4 future Cards played in the Classic was in 2015 when Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell, Ray Spalding and Ryan McMahon played.

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Nunnsense: 3 Losses That Prove Louisville Is Final Four Worthy

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I’m not a moral victory guy and I don’t make excuses when we lose. But if you look closely at 3 of Louisville’s losses this season you will see just how good this team really is and potentially how good they can be. I want to take a closer look at the losses to Baylor, Florida State and Monday night’s game at Virginia to point out a few things that I believe prove Louisville is a Final Four team. Keep in mind that making the Final Four is all about match-ups and what bracket you are seeded in. The best team doesn’t always win the tournament but there is no team out there that I would be scared for Louisville to play this year. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville at Boston College: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals travel to Boston, Massachusetts to take on the Eagles of Boston College today at 3 on the ACC Network. Boston College appeared to be heading in the right direction from last year’s abysmal season, but have dropped 6 games in a row entering today.

Boston College (9-14) is led by Sophomore guard Jerome Robinson at 19.7 PPG. The Eagles will need a big performance from him if they want any chance at beating the Cards today.

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Louisville Basketball: Shining Through the Shade

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This time last year, the Louisville Cardinals were gearing up to host No. 2 and eventual National Runner-Up North Carolina. A win over the Tarheels would’ve been the signature win that team needed. They had talent, leadership, and were widely considered as one of the most enjoyable Louisville teams to watch in recent memory. All they lacked was a marquee win.

It started with an aggressive drive capped off by a thunderous one-handed slam from senior grad-student transfer and crowd favorite Damion Lee. He’d finish with a game-high 24 points, and would lead the Cardinals to their recognition-earning win. The city, fans, and team expressed their elation all night and into the next morning. Then, everything changed.

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Louisville vs NC State: Pregame Breakdown

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After the 55-point record-setting dismantling of Pittsburgh on the road Tuesday, the No. 13 Louisville Cardinals return home to welcome the Wolfpack and star player Dennis Smith Jr. today at 1pm in the Yum! Center, the game can be seen on the ACC Network. Louisville is currently a 13.5-point favorite over the Wolfpack.

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Louisville at Pittsburgh: Postgame Recap

Jan 25, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A Pittsburgh Panthers cheerleader cheers before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Petersen Events Center. Louisville won 80-68. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 25, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A Pittsburgh Panthers cheerleader cheers before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Petersen Events Center. Louisville won 80-68. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

If you say you called Louisville winning in a blowout tonight, you’d be correct. If you said Louisville would beat Pittsburgh on the road by 55 points, you’d be lying.

No one could have foreseen tonight’s outcome. Louisville has had their way with Pittsburgh for the 10th time in a row after tonight’s win. But tonight, the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh in a way they had NEVER done before. Without their starting point guard, Quentin Snider, Louisville put together its best team performance of the season, on the road against a solid Pittsburgh team. The Cards shot 58% from the field, 54.5% from 3-point range (12-22), assisted on 24 of the 39 made shots, allowed only 13 made field goals on 51 attempts, and most impressively outrebounded Pittsburgh 48-26 en route to a 106 to 51 thumping of Pittsburgh on their home court.

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Louisville at Pittsburgh: Pregame Breakdown

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After a tough loss Saturday on the road to the now No. 6 Florida State Seminoles, the now No. 13 Louisville Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for another ACC road test. The game starts at 7pm tonight and can be seen on ESPNU.

Louisville has seen Pittsburgh once already this season, a game that the Cardinals handled easily but a late Pitt surge made the score closer than the game actually was. Louisville won that game 85-80, but led by double digits for 75% of the game. That win gave Louisville its 9th straight over the Panthers, tonight they’ll look to extend that streak to double digits.

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State of Louisville Football

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Man, what a wild ride this season was.

The 2016 season for the Louisville Football Cardinals was certainly a memorable one, although at times, it was for both the right and wrong reasons. Now that the dust has settled on one of the more noteworthy seasons in Cardinal Football history, its time to look back and ask ourselves: “Where are we now? Are we on the right track? What is the current state of the Louisville Football program?”

The piece was originally supposed to be a tag team live stream open discussion with Jeremy and I, following the Houston game. Prior to that game, Louisville was 9-1, and we had every reason to believe that we still had a legitimate shot to crack the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. While we still needed help from other teams, we still had hope that with our Heisman candidate quarterback and our high-octane offense, that we could still find a way.

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The Front Paige: HEART Over Hype

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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.

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Louisville vs Southern Illinois: Postgame Recap

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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.

Go Cards

Louisville vs Southern Illinois: Pregame Breakdown

(Photo Cred: Rick Scuteri, AP)

(Photo Cred: Rick Scuteri, AP)

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.

Go Cards!

BucketHatism: Wake Forest

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“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.

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Louisville Men’s Basketball Press Conference: Evansville

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Here are the videos from after tonight’s win vs Evansville, marking the 100th victory in the KFC Yum! Center

Head Coach Rick Pitino

Donovan Mitchell

Jaylen Johnson

Anas Mahmoud

Louisville at Boston College: Postgame Recap

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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.

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Lamar Jackson’s Road To Rewriting Louisville History

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Photo Credit: USA Today/Jamie Rhodes

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.

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CB Russ Yeast Commits to Louisville

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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.

Louisville vs N.C. State: Postgame Recap

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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.

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Friday Night Fight, Part 2: Louisville v. Duke

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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.

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