After thoroughly dismantling Middle Tennessee in the 2nd round, the Louisville Cardinals had to quickly shift their focus to tonight’s game against Mississippi State. The game is set to tip-off at 9pm in the Yum! Center and will be televised on ESPN.
Mississippi State defeated Nebraska in the 1st round and Baylor in the second round to get to this point. They’re led by brothers Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon. Quinndary leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game and Nick is the second leading scorer at 10.9 points per game. Quinndary hit a three-pointer at the buzzer against Baylor to send the Bears home.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Ticket Information for NIT Quarterfinals in the KFC Yum! Center
The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament in a game to be played in the KFC Yum! Center against Mississippi State on Tuesday, March 20 at 9:05 p.m. ET.
It started with smothering defense, followed by a massive 3-point barrage that helped Louisville gain an early big lead and the Cards never looked back. Louisville dominated Middle Tennessee and went on to win by a final score of 84-68.
Ray Spalding led the Cards in scoring with 18 points on 8-11 shooting. VJ King also had a good game with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Although the starters played well, the real story was the bench. Jordan Nwora had his best performance as a Cardinal. The true freshman finished the game with 17 points and went 4-8 from the 3-point line. Ryan McMahon had himself a night as well. McMahon was on fire from deep in the 1st half and was a big reason why the Cards jumped out to their early lead. He finished with 15 points and went 4-7 from the 3-point line.
Louisville dominated a solid opponent tonight and the craziest thing about it was Deng Adel didn’t score a single point. Deng only shot the ball once all game, but he did the things that don’t show up in the stat sheet. It was a great team win and this team looks poised to make a run to win this whole thing.
Up next: Louisville will take on Mississippi State on Tuesday at the Yum! Center at 9pm.
Louisville, KY — The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen after running past the Marquette Golden Eagles in a 90 – 72 decision.
In her last game at the KFC Yum! Center, Myisha Hines-Allen put on a show. The lone senior started out 10 – of – 10 from the field and ended with 24 points and 13 rebounds, earning her 16th double-double on the season.
After their gritty hard-fought win over NKU, the Louisville Cardinals take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders today in the 2nd round of the NIT at 6:30pm in the Yum! Center. The game can be watched on ESPN2.
Middle Tennessee was one of the teams that felt slighted by the selection committee for being a mid-major program. As inconsistent as the committee has proven to be, Middle Tennessee, like Louisville, had no one to blame but themselves for missing out on the Big Dance. The Blue Raiders entered March ranked 24th in the nation and were the heavy favorite to win their conference tournament. They suffered a home loss to Marshall and were bounced in the first round of their conference tournament by Southern Mississippi. They controlled their own destiny and didn’t take advantage of their opportunities, sound familiar?
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department :
Ticket Information for NIT Second Round in the KFC Yum! Center
The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has advanced to the second round of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament in a game to be played in the KFC Yum! Center against Middle Tennessee on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Season ticket holders in premium locations will be emailed instructions today for the right to claim their seats until noon on Thursday. Tickets located in the club sections, courtside, suites, terrace and premium boxes are $20 each for first round games. Men’s basketball season ticket holders will receive an email as well with instructions for a presale opportunity to purchase tickets beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday. All remaining seats will go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 3 p.m. Non-premium lower arena seats are $12 and student tickets are $6 each.
Tickets will be on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street, or the KFC Yum! Center box office. Cardinal fans may also purchase the tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.
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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William McGurn with the Wall Street Journal asks the question we are all wondering – who can fix college hoops? Tim Sullivan with the Courier Journal is reporting that a Louisville board member is going to continue to fight against the sanctions that the NCAA came down on UofL with a few weeks back.
By now it’s no secret, Louisville will not be playing in this year’s NCAA tournament. Instead, Louisville accepted a bid to the NIT and received a 2-seed. Louisville will play 7-seed Northern Kentucky tonight at 7pm in the Yum! Center on ESPN.
The Atlanta Hawks announced today that they have signed Cardinal forever, Damion Lee to a 10 day contract. The Hawks have been suffering from a lot of injuries and needed a great shooter, quick. We here at CSZ wish Damion nothing but the best during this new stop in his journey.
The second seeded Louisville Cardinal are set to face the seventh seeded Northern Kentucky Norse in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
This is Louisville’s first appearance in the NIT since 2006. The Cardinals lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the semifinal round.
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Rick Pitino has announced he has hired an agent to help him with his next career move. This comes about 5 months after he was fired from the University of Louisville and just a few weeks after stating that he was “dead in the water” when it comes to coaching. Only time will tell if someone can look past all of the scandals tied to his name.
Louisville took one on the chin yesterday. The Cards suffered their 3rd loss of the season to Virginia (this one by 17 points) and left their NCAA tournament hopes in the hands of a group of people who probably don’t want to see them in it. We haven’t been in this position in a long time and quite honestly it’s not a good one to be in, but who cares?
Before the season, the Louisville basketball program was turned upside down. Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich were both fired, leaving the entire Athletic department (more specifically in this case, basketball) in disbelief and heartbreak. That feeling was worse than when our beloved team led by Damion Lee and Trey Lewis had an unfair self-imposed NCAA tournament ban by ex-president of UofL, James Ramsey.
With Pitino and Jurich gone 3 days before practice starts, where do we turn? Who wants that job right now anyway? No one did. No one wanted a job that was still in the middle of 2 scandals and hadn’t been punished for either at the time. No one wanted a job that had the word “TEMPORARY” painted throughout the contract, athletic department, even the school. Interim president, acting athletic director, interim head coach, and quite honestly for a lot of what I saw, interim fans.
David Padgett stepped up, took the job, coached practice for a month with no assistant coaches, took unfair and unnecessary criticism from his own “fans” and yet he never wavered. Padgett accomplished 3 things Pitino couldn’t in his time in the ACC (and the Big East). Padgett won a road game against a ranked opponent, Pitino never won an ACC ranked road game. Padgett beat Notre Dame on the road, Pitino didn’t. Most recently, Padgett won a game at the ACC tournament.
Coach Padgett has done an incredible job with this team. Sure, he’s made some mistakes, but this is his first head coaching job! Could you imagine anything more stressful than to have the NCAA/FBI on your newly inherited program’s case and have some nasty fans degrade the job your doing when no one else wanted to do it? I feel terribly sorry for DP. Whether it was a game we won or not, all I’d see/hear was how much better we’d be with someone else, critiques of the job he was doing, fans leaving every game way too early or simply not showing up at all. This man just won 20 games in his first year as a head coach with everything surrounding this program and some of you have chosen to make that a failure. That is not okay.
Where do we go from here? Well, for the fans that have been miserable all year for the wrong reasons, please don’t come back next year. Switch your colors out, buy a new bumper sticker and switch your allegiances because we, the true fans, don’t want anymore negative energy around our beloved program. For the team, you practice the next few days, prepare yourselves for wherever you get sent to and you continue to make us proud.
I believe Louisville will have their name called on Sunday by the NCAA committee. And if not, I’ll go to every NIT game the Yum! Center hosts. 2 years ago, James Ramsey took away the opportunity to play postseason basketball from our team. Fans gave him hell for it and still do. But, I’ve seen countless “fans” saying this team should neglect an NIT bid if the NCAA doesn’t give them one. Keep in mind, Ramsey implemented an entire postseason ban, and the very same thing we torched him for 2 years ago is the same thing some of you have been endorsing all season.
I don’t know who takes over after this year. Quite frankly, I don’t care. I’ve loved this year’s team since the first ball was tipped and nothing will change that. Thank you, Coach Padgett. You’ve done a tremendous job all season long and nothing can take away what you’ve given the guys on the team in their darkest hour. Wherever your future takes you, I know you’ll be successful.
So, where do we go from here? Up, nothing but up.
After defeating 8-seed FSU yesterday, Louisville will lace em up at 12 again today against the 1-seed Virginia Cavaliers. The game can be watched on ESPN and Virginia currently sits as 6-point favorites.
The last time these two teams met, the story blew up. Louisville outplayed and led Virginia by 10 points for 38 minutes of the game, then everything changed and Virginia snuck out with Louisville’s marquee victory it has been searching for. Louisville proved that they could play with anyone that night. They should’ve beaten them then, but I do believe they’ll beat them now.
Virginia is led by Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, and Devon Hall. The guard trio provides the majority of their offensive production and shoots the ball well from everywhere on the floor, especially from 3. Last game I had 3 goals that Louisville needed to achieve in order to win. Allow 5 threes or fewer (failed: buzzer beater was three No. 6). Crash the offensive boards (failed: Louisville was killed on the boards). Determine the tempo of the game (succeeded: most of the game was played faster than what Virginia would have wanted, but it was controlled speed for the Cards because it was their tempo). I do believe that those 3 keys will lead to a victory.What more can you ask for? Another shot at Virginia, a chance to prove that you can beat anyone, and a huge message to the committee. It’s time for this team to play it’s best 40 minutes we’ve seen. Louisville 65 – Virginia 60
Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen have both earned USA Today All-American honors for Louisville.
Durr, the ACC Player of the Year, was named a USA Today First Team All-American. Durr is averaging a team-best 19.5 points, and leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made.
Hines-Allen was named a USA Today Third Team All-American. The Senior was named First Team All-ACC and also earned the title of ACC Tournament MVP. Hines-Allen leads the ACC in rebounds with 9.9 per game.
Despite blowing a 26-point lead, the Louisville Cardinals were able to secure their first win in the ACC tournament against FSU by a final score of 82-74.
Louisville led by 19 at halftime and held a 26-point lead with just over 11 minutes in the game. But, a ferocious comeback by FSU brought the score too close for comfort. Louisville was able to hit shots (some lucky) down the stretch and held on to win the game that 100% put them in the NCAA tournament (1% if the Cards lost).
Quentin Snider led the way with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Ray Spalding scored 18 points. Deng Adel had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton and Darius Perry gave the Cards the bench energy they needed with 10 and 8 points, respectively.
Up next: Louisville plays Virginia tomorrow at Noon in the ACC Quarterfinals.
Russ Smith shared some words of wisdom with the current UofL men’s basketball team before they boarded the plane for New York. Oh, he also had a special guest with him…
Are you a UofL alum who made the trip to New York to watch the Cardinals play in the ACC tournament? Here is some information on different events going on throughout your time there!
After losing 4 of their last 5 games, Louisville will have one last chance to impress the committee in the ACC tournament and the Cardinals must seize it. Louisville limped to the regular season finish line and earned themselves a 9 seed in the ACC tournament facing 8 seed FSU at Noon on ESPN.
The Cardinals and Seminoles are not strangers by any means. They met twice in the regular season and split the 2 games with each team winning on the other’s homecourt.
FSU is led by Terance Mann, Braian Angola and Phil Cofer. All three players can knock down the three ball, especially Angola. Mann does a good job attacking the rim and getting to the foul line. Cofer excels at being quick at his position and being a scrapper whenever he’s on the floor. The Cards have to shut down one of those three to have a chance.
No matter what happens, I’m very proud of this team and want to thank David Padgett for everything he’s done. The odds have been stacked against this team since before the first practice and there’s no time like the present to flip those odds. Louisville can control its own destiny, starting tomorrow. And I fully expect the Cards to do so.
Louisville 77 – Florida State 70
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three University of Louisville men’s basketball players have earned ACC postseason honors. Junior forwards Deng Adel and Ray Spalding have been selected as honorable mention All-ACC selections while senior center Anas Mahmoud was named to the ACC All-Defensive team.
Adel has been the Cardinals’ scoring leader in 13 games, including most recently leading UofL with 20 points and seven rebounds at NC State last Saturday. A 6-5 forward from Melbourne, Australia, he has averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists over the last five games after missing two games with an ankle injury. Adel, who is 11th in the ACC in scoring averaging 15.5 points per game, has eight 20-point scoring efforts in his last 33 games, including six this season. He has scored at least nine points in each of his games this season and has 54 career double figure scoring efforts (28 of 29 this season). Adel is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award.