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.
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.
As most everyone knows the internet was broken yesterday when Jon Rothstein reported that the University of Louisville would host Ohio State in the 2016 ACC-Big10 Challenge. Jaquan this. We just played them that. Everyone was up in arms and was ready to mob OSU as they rolled up to the YUM. We all ran with it because CBS Sports is a credible source. Today there was a different opponent announced via Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Purdue in the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30 in the KFC Yum! Center.
A picture can say 1000 words. This is from Nanu’s Instagram account last night. Read into it what you will. I stand on record saying I think he should come back but all it will take is a killer Combine showing and that opinion changes IMO. Click below for the picture. Go Cards Read the rest of this entry
The reemergence of Chane Behanan’s career is continuing. The 6’6 Forward captured the MVP of the week in the LatinBasket Poll with a 25 point, 16 rebound performance. LatinBasket computes their Player of the week the following way:
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it’s accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) – 2*BSAG – 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM – 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) – 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) – (FTA-FTM)
So let me get this straight. A formula that makes a little sense in sports? Get out of here! Nevertheless, congrats to Chane on continuing the progression of his career and CardNation hopes to see you move on up in the following season. Read the full story here
The University of Louisville Women’s Basketball team is making their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, eighth under head coach Jeff Walz.
Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals’ 25-7 record earned the ladies a three seed on Selection Monday, landing in the Dallas region.
The Cardinals lace up their dancing shoes on Friday as they tip-off against the 14th-seeded Central Arkansas at 2:30 PM.
Charlie Creme (the ‘Joe Lunardi’ of women’s college hoops) posted his latest Bracketology for the Women’s NCAA Tournament.
Despite falling to Syracuse in the ACC Women’s Tournament, Creme has Louisville sitting pretty.
Here’s what you need to know:
Creme is projecting Louisville as a three-seed in the Lexington region.
He also has Louisville hosting the first and second round at the KFC Yum! Center.
Of course, we won’t know the final seedings until Selection Monday on March 14th.
The Louisville Cardinals squashed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday evening to advance to the ACC Women’s Tournament semifinals. The Cardinals will face the third-seeded Syracuse Orange in a battle for the ACC Women’s Championship.
Greensboro, NC — The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals keep on dancing as they face No. 17 Syracuse in the ACC Women’s Tournament semifinals.
The No. 17 Syracuse Orange finished the regular season strong winning the final nine contests of the season. The Orange racked up wins against then No. 16/17 Miami at Miami and then No. 10/9 Florida State at the Carrier Dome.
(Photo Credit: GoCards.com)
Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals finished the regular season with a huge 65-36 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Cardinals came out strong in the first period out scoring the Pittsburgh Panthers, 27-6. Louisville won the tip and scored first as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two.
Hines-Allen grabbed a quick six points and Briahanna Jackson added two to put the Cardinals up, 8-0, and forcing a Pittsburgh timeout.
The Louisville defense held the Panthers scoreless until the 4:37 mark when Brenna Wise drove to the bucket for a lay-up, bringing the score to 14-2.
It’s no secret that Louisville guard Damion Lee has wiggled his way into the hearts of CardNation. His clutch play plus his awesome attitude in life has moved him way up the lists of everyone’s all-time favorites. His proclamation in this video though shows a lot about the young man and makes me feel even worse about him not getting to play in the NCAA Tournament. Thank you Damion for just being you.
Here are video highlights from last night from the ACC Digital Network in case you missed the recap that Mitch posted.
After dropping their two road games last week to Duke and Notre Dame, the Cards will look to bounce back tonight at home against a hot Syracuse team at 7 on ESPN. Syracuse (18-8), winners of eight of their last nine, is looking to build on their tournament rumé tonight with a road win against a ranked opponent. Louisville (19-6) dropped to 18 in this week’s AP Poll and looks to snap a two-game losing streak.
Despite losing big man Anas Mahmoud for the season, the Cards enter tonight favored by 7.5 points over the visiting Orange. The always fun part about this game is the competition between two of the greatest coaches in college basketball history. Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino always seem to compete against each other in memorable games. My prediction is Louisville pulls away at home behind Damion Lee and a big night by Donovan Mitchell for a final score of 78-68.
Thanks to Judy Guinn for bringing this to my attention!
Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson8:32 p.m. EST February 15, 2016
One of the six members of the University of Louisville’s Investigations Committee activated after allegations that dancers and prostitutes were provided to basketball players and recruits said Monday night he opposed the post-season ban announced this month by President James Ramsey.
2016 SF Micah Thomas has cut his list to two. The 6’7 185 Small Forward from Huntington Prep Academy has narrowed it down to Maryland and Louisville. The Memphis, Tennessee native can consistently hit mid to long-range jumpers and has an explosive first step that helps him dunk from out of nowhere. There is a lot of steam linking this kid to Louisville so we will see how it plays out. Would be a great addition for the Cards in the class of 2016. Check out his highlight reel via our guys at @CourtsideFilms
Since the accusations all came spilling out, the mind of every Louisville faithful has been working in overdrive to untangle the web that Katina Powell (and the media) has so intricately woven. Reactions have varied from one end of the spectrum to the other – from those who refuse to believe anything like this could ever happen here to those who believe that the only way we move past the situation is to “clean house.” I took a stance against Sports Illustrated’s portrayal of the University of Louisville as a dangerous culture for women, but when it comes to the scandal itself, I’ve struggled to decide how I feel. I am going to go out on a limb and say this… I’m not naive enough to believe that it could never happen here. I’ve accepted that there is potential that these claims and accusations have some truth to them. The one thing that I can’t get on board with is the premature crucifixion of Rick Pitino.
Drexel transfer Damion Lee announced his final 5 schools today on twitter:
The 6’6 Lee is one of the most sought after transfers in awhile and the Cards are right there in the mix. Most believe Lee’s home state school Maryland will be tough to beat out but it is possible. Lee told Mike Hughes of 247Sports that he plans to visit Arizona (April 17-19) and Louisville (April 19-21) before making an early May decision. Lee has no other visits planned at this time.
If Lee does in fact visit Louisville on those dates the Cards could have Lee as well as 5 star PG Derryck Thornton on campus at the same time. Hold on to your seats!
We have learned many things after the Cards OT loss to Michigan State on Sunday, but most of all we have learned the Louisville basketball team will look much different next season. After already signing three (Ryan McMahon is the 4th and hasn’t signed just yet) in the 2015 class (likely top 5) Louisville has one scholarship open that belonged to Akoy Agau. But today Rick Pitino let us know that two, maybe even three more could come open. Shortly after Pitino’s end of season press conference we found out that Anton Gill would be transferring from the program. So for those keeping up at home, we are up to two scholarships and I don’t believe we are done.
So now raises the big question: Who is going to fill these spots? Many things will play into who the Cards go after (How many spots do we have? Will some of these kids even leave?) and while I’m not ready to put a “Most likely” tag on anyone let’s take a look.
Trey Lewis (Graduate Transfer)
PG/SG 6’2 180 lbs
Yes for those asking, the same Trey Lewis that dropped a cool 24 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the Yum Center on the Cards this season. Lewis is an excellent player that averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line. Lewis hit 96 of 227 three pointers this season. Lewis announced today he would be leaving the CSU program and yes the Cards have already been in contact. I would be shocked if Lewis isn’t in a Louisville uniform next season.
The bracket is out and I couldn’t be more happy. Like I said this Louisville team could lose in the first round or could make a Final Four but this draw sure makes me feel better about the latter. The Cards found themselves in the East Region (#1 seed Villinova) and will kick off their road to Indy this Friday against UC Irvine. We will have more on the Cards road and UC Irvine soon.
With this years draft over CBS’s Gary Parrish predicted next years Draft Lottery. To the surprise of some (Maybe) he had our Montrezl Harrell going at #5:
5. Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
Harrell’s return to Louisville was arguably the biggest surprise among all decisions made by underclassmen because he would’ve likely been a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The goal, clearly, is to spend another season developing in college and improve his so-called stock. If he does those things, yes, this 6-8 super-athletic forward can go in the top five.
I think some are under estimating just how good Trez could be this year for the Cards. When the decision was announced that Montrezl would return to Louisville it immediately put the Cards in the Final Four conversation. Let me put it like this, there will not be another team in American College Basketball with a more dominate PF than the Cards will have next season. So Cards fans enjoy every dunk, every scream, every big time hustle play, and every “OH MY” moment this season because it is almost certain to be the last for Trez in a Cardinals uniform. #L1C4
If you have any doubts that Russ Smith will succeed in the NBA then watch this video now!
247Sports.com released there updated 2015 basketball rankings and some Louisville targets made some moves.
New Ranking indicated:
Isaiah Briscoe: #9 overall, #2 PG
Tyler Dorsey: #10 overall, #3 PG
Bryant Crawford: #98 overall, #18 PG
Antonio Blakeney: #12 overall, #1 SG
Allonzo Trier: #16 overall, #2 SG
Deng Adel: #22 overall, #5 SF
Dwayne Bacon: #11 overall, #4 SF
Ray Smith: #6 overall, #3 SF
Derek Jones: #28 overall, #7 SF
Brandon Ingram: #27 overall, #6 SF
Raymond Spalding: #64 overall, #16 PF
Carlton Bragg: #7 overall, #3 PF
Stephen Zimmerman: #14 overall, #2 Center
Cheick Diallo: #3 overall, #1 PF