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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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Cards Fall In Latest AP Top 25

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After a loss to Virginia and a win vs Miami,  the Cards drop from #4 to #8 in his weeks AP poll. Here is your top 10 for this week…img_5204img_5205

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

A Tale Of Two Cultures

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Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.

Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.

How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.

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2018 5* Guard Courtney Ramey Commits To Louisville

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Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Courtney Ramey is  a 6’3″ point guard from St. Louis Mo. (Webster Groves). Scout has him listed as a 5 star and the overall #19 player in the 2018 class. Ramey would be the second commit to the 2018 class after a commitment from guard Anfernee Simons, a consensus four-star prospect.

 

 

 

 

Louisville Commit To Play On ESPNU Tonight

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2017 Louisville commit Darius Perry and his high school team, Wheeler High,  will take on Pebblebrook High School on ESPNU tonight at 5:30 p.m. The game is part of the Geico ESPN High School Basketball Showcase. Along with being aired on ESPNU, it can also be seen on ESPN3.com. Check out your point guard of the future.

800: Louisville Women Hit Milestone in Victory over Clemson

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Photo Credit: Jamie Rhodes/USA Today

 

Clemson, SC — The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals handed the Clemson Tigers its 39th straight conference loss in a 60-46 decision.

The Louisville Cardinals, picking up its 800th program win, struggled to put the Clemson Tigers away.

“We’ll take the win,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We did not come out prepared to play. I watched them in warm ups screwing around. We tried to address it, we tried to get their focus. Unfortunately, it showed.”

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Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 3 – Jordan Nwora

 

 

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Jordan Nwora committed to Louisville on October 19th and officially signed on November 11th. Rick Pitino visited Jordan on October 12th and Jordan had an official visit to Louisville only 3 days later on October 15th. That visit from Pitino should tell you just how important Jordan is to the future of the program. Jordan is from Vermont Academy in Buffalo New York. He  is widely known as a sharpshooter and ranked No. 45 nationally by 247Sports. Pitino said of Jordan in an article by Mike Hughes of 247 sports, “I’m so excited about him. He had a great summer. Scores a lot of points, passes well, handles it at 6’8″. Why I’m so excited is he’s 16 percent body fat. Now he’s not heavy at all, but he’s like Jaylen [Johnson] was with that type of body and we know we can get him to eight (percent body fat) in two months.”

“He is an athlete now at 6’8 like Luke Hancock, that’s what type of game he has, but when he loses that (weight) and gets to eight, seven percent body fat he’s going to be explosive and we are going to do it this summer and this is a great class. Best class I’ve had.”

We all know Pitino is prone to hyperbole but saying this is the best class he has had may be closer to the truth than we give him credit for, and I tend to agree with him. The goal going into recruiting was to get “Louisville guys.” With Jordan, Lance, Darius and Malik, I feel Pitino got everything he needs to hang another banner in the YUM Center. Looking forward to seeing these guys with the current team. The future is bright!

Q & A with Louisville commit Jordan Nwora

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Nunnsense: Q&A With Louisville Basketball Signing Class of 2017, Part 1 – Lance Thomas

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Happy New Year and glad you all made it to 2017 safely. If you are a regular reader of Nunnsense, then I want to say thank you and this year I promise to give you even more of my thoughts, opinions, facts, videos, pictures, interviews and everything Cardinal related. I’ll do my best to entertain and inform you. Now let’s get down to business. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Move Up In The AP Top 25 As Well As ESPN Power Rankings

 

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Photo: Bleacher Report

Louisville’s win over rival Kentucky help them move up to 6th in the latest AP poll. Upcoming games include #12 Virginia, #16 Indiana and #24 Notre Dame. Not to mention conference games still on the schedule vs #5 Duke, #9 North Carolina and #20 Florida State. Read the rest of this entry

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 Opened As Favorite Over Uk

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When the spread of Wednesday’s Battle of the Bluegrass was posted in Las Vegas, Louisville was favored by 2 points despite UK being ranked higher. Since betting has begun the spread has shifted to Kentucky being a 1 point favorite. It seems that the intelligent people in Las Vegas that set the line truly believe this years Dream Game at the Yum Center will be a competitive one.

The first column is the opening number and the second column is the current consensus of all Vegas sports books.

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UPDATE – Despite what multiple websites have reported, there is no line for this game in any sports books on the Las Vegas strip. I have a friend who lives there and is a frequent visitor to the sports books. He has told me that there is currently no lines posted yet as of 7:00 pm Tuesday, Louisville time.

Louisville vs Old Dominion: Pregame Breakdown

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(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)

The No. 10 Louisville Cardinal basketball team is set to tip-off against Old Dominion tonight at 9:30pm in Nassau, Bahamas to start the Cards’ quest for the Battle for Atlantis crown on AXSTV. The last time Louisville played in the Battle for Atlantis tournament was in 2012-13, the Cards opened with a gut-wrenching victory over Northern Iowa, followed by a blowout of then top-15 Missouri, and ended the tournament with a disappointing loss to a Duke squad the Cards would avenge when it mattered most, the NCAA Elite Eight.

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Louisville vs William & Mary: Postgame Recap

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The 12th ranked Louisville basketball team handled business at home in a blowout victory over the Tribe from William & Mary by a final score of 91 to 58. The Cards were led in scoring by freshman V.J. King with 17 points, but the impressive part was how he did it. King went 7-11 from the field and 3-3 from 3-point range giving a performance we all expected to see out of the McDonald’s All-American at some point, but it’s fantastic to see it this early. Deng Adel had a good game as well, he finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The backcourt duo of Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell added 13 and 9 points respectively. Jaylen Johnson was one rebound away from a double-double, he finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Ray Spalding also had a nice night, he finished with 10 points on 5-6 shooting.

Louisville was only favored by 17.5 points at home tonight, and although it wasn’t a big name program the Cards were still very impressive by winning tonight by almost double the spread. As a team the Cards shot 45.8% from the field and 35.7% from 3. Once again, the assist number sticks out the most. The Cards finished the game with 21 assists on 33 made baskets.

Up next Louisville plays Long Beach State in the Battle for Atlantis Campus Game (at Louisville) on Thursday at 4pm.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs William & Mary: Pregame Breakdown

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The Louisville Basketball Team improved their early season ranking after their win against Evansville by moving up 1 spot in the polls from No. 13 to No. 12. Tonight at 7pm ET, the Cards host William & Mary, the game can be seen on Fox Sports South. William & Mary is not a team to be overlooked, the Tribe won their first game of the season by significant margin of 52 points as the final score read 96-44 over Bridgewater (no relation to Teddy). As it stands, Louisville is currently a 17.5 point favorite tonight which isn’t discrediting the Cards, William & Mary is just a much better team than most will give them credit for due to the lack of the big name.

Obviously, the stats are only from one game but in that game William & Mary had 5 scorers in double figures and had 19 team assists on 37 made baskets. Although, the Tribe is a team I can see as a mid-major conference champion when March comes around, I think the length and athleticism of Louisville will be too much. Expect the Tribe to hang around early, but at the under 12:00 timeout the Cards come out and put the game out of reach. Louisville 83 William & Mary 59.

Go Cards!

Pain Free Asia Durr Showing Potential For Louisville

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As seen on SB Nation’s Swish Appeal

Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals opened the 2016-2017 season with a huge win over Lindsey Wilson. While the game was only an exhibition, Louisville showed their growth as a team.
The Cardinals outscored the Blue Raiders, 97-50. Louisville dominated every facet of the game.
Despite the game being lopsided, here are a few takeaways:
Asia Durr is Playing at 100%.
In her freshman year, Asia Durr suffered from a nagging injury that plagued her throughout the season. Durr is now healed and according to Coach Walz, playing at 100%.
In her first outing, Durr put up 19 points, hitting 70% of her shots. In the first period alone, Durr went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and grabbed one layup to tally 14 points.
Defensively, Durr grabbed three steals and five defensive boards.
“Last year I played through a lot of pain, and it feels so good to be pain-free now,” Asia said.
Coach Walz added, “I’m really excited for her. I still don’t think 10 shots is enough for her, so that’s one thing she’s going to have to figure out a way to get more shots up.”

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Great Expectations: The Louisville Women Look to Fly High

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Louisville, KY – Louisville Women’s Basketball is back and the expectations are high. The Cardinals ring in the season tabbed fifth in the preseason Associate Press poll.

It’s safe to say, the Cardinals are all in this season. Coming off an unexpected end in the post-season, this team touts the talent and focus to meet their high expectations.

With the season tipping off in a week, here are a few quick observations:

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Cards Picked Top 5 At ACC Media Day

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Kevin Ware: Remember Me

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I was skimming through the Internet yesterday when I seen a story from Kevin Ware. Intrigued by the contents, I opened up the story and read it. I had long wondered what his thoughts were on what happened since and how he was doing. Because of a friend I had that knew him, I talked to Kevin and was able to hear some of this story then. This answered it all. Here is an excerpt followed by the link to the story Enjoy the writings of Cardinal Forever: Kevin Ware.

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Louisville Basketball Summer Workouts

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

You think Louisville Basketball has an offer season? Tell Coach G & the Louisville Cardinals that. During the summer months is when this team is made. Guys like Alhaji Mohammed, Russ Smith,Peyton Siva, Preston Knowles & others come home to better themselves then turn to the current team to test them. Here’s some footage of what they’ve been up to so far.

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