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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!

BucketHatology: Purdue

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The BHK has decided to help fund his wedding by teaching classes at an unnamed and un-accredited University here in Louisville.  I would tell you the University and location but I am no snitch, unlike graduates from IU.  So after some of the basketball games I will be providing lecture notes and taking shots at Tom Crean because I can and he is too busy smooching his son to read this anyway.

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Louisville vs kentucky Football Game Time Announced

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to find out what time Louisville & kentucky will play Football this season. We found out about 1 a.m.

Louisville At Houston: Post Game Recap

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Well, I put off writing this as long as I could but here it is. Even after a full day to let what took place on Thursday fully sink in, I still am dumbfounded at what I watched happen. In my lifetime as a Louisville fan, I have never seen a performance like the one on Thursday, regardless of sport. Everything was right there for this team to take and make an undeniable case for their inclusion in the College Football Playoff, and the lack of preparation, execution, and adjustment is just unacceptable. Lamar Jackson has every right to personally put the Offensive Line through sprints and I sincerely hope he voiced his frustrations (in a leadership way, of course). 11 sacks allowed (a school record for most allowed) against the most elusive quarterback in college football (possibly in the history of college football) is impressive for all the wrong reasons.

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Louisville at Houston Preview

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Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Where to Watch: 8:00 ET Tonight, ESPN

Betting Line: LOU -14.5, O/U 68.5

Last Time: In a tight contest throughout, Houston forced four turnovers in the game and got a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to upset Louisville 34-31. Greg Ward had 334 total yards (236 passing, 98 rushing) and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars, while Lamar Jackson was benched in the fourth quarter for Kyle Bolin. Bolin led two fourth quarter touchdown drives but fell short in the end, as a game-tying 53-yard field goal was tipped and fell short.

The all-time series between the Cougars and Cardinals is tied at 8-8.

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Louisville v. Wake Forest Preview

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Photo Credit: Chuck Barton/AP

Where to Watch: 7:00 p.m, ESPN2

Betting Line: LOU -35, O/U 55 (ESPN)

Last Time: Forcing five turnovers and holding Wake Forest to a completion under 33%, Louisville escaped Winston-Salem with a 20-19 win over the Demon Deacons. Lamar Jackson had a stellar night passing, going 19-for-26 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jamari Staples (10 rec., 133 yards). However, Jackson would leave the game early due to injury.

Louisville is undefeated in the series, holding a 3-0 record against Wake Forest (including the 2006 Orange Bowl).

About the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Entering tomorrow night’s game at Louisville, the Demon Deacons are 6-3, making them bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. Wake Forest accomplished that by winning five of their first six games, including solid road wins against Duke and Indiana. Other than a 33-16 loss against NC State, WF has hung in there against every team, including a 17-6 loss at Florida State.

The fact that Wake Forest was able to hold FSU down to only 17 points on the road is a huge testament to their head coach, Dave Clawson. But they’ve also had a lot of close games, mostly due to a Wake offense that is 119th in the nation. Their defense, however, has kept the Deacons alive in almost every game up to this point, including a +8 in turnover margin (tied for 13th in the nation). You will always stay alive if you can put the ball back in your team’s hands, and that’s where Clawson’s defense has excelled up to this point.

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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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BucketHatism: NC State

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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”

Thank you, please be seated.  Before we begin the BHK would like to address an incident that happened on the inter-webs last week.  During the recent presidential debate the BHK had a brain fart and actually engaged in a profanity laced tirade with a Twitter follower.  Though no one wins in this situation, the BHK took the bait and things went downhill from there.  What I don’t condone is the threats against the other person involved. The BHK appreciates all his supporters but he is not a fan of alleged death threats the other party claims to have received.  Everyone chill out, Twitter is just a place for us to vent, laugh, talk about binge watching, predict who dies on The Walking Dead, make fun of slapd*cks, use BOFA jokes, and lambaste Logan’s Roadhouse food all in 140 characters or less.  That being said, lets get to the notes from this past weekend’s curbstomping of NC State.

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Nunnsense: Thankful To Be ACC

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Sometimes in my head there are so many thoughts, opinions and ideas spinning around, that if you peeked into it you might start fitting me for a straight jacket. I really need to start writing some of them down before I forget. I want to tell you it’s organized chaos up there but it’s more scattered than some Waffle House hash browns. One of my most recent thoughts was how I needed to write a Thanksgiving piece about how thankful I am that Louisville is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference but I didn’t want to prematurely bring the holiday upon us. We haven’t even made it to Halloween, so I was just going to write these thoughts down and revisit them in a month from now.

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What If Louisville Made The College Football Playoffs …

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The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino released hypothetical point spreads for Louisville against teams they may play if they were to make the college football playoffs. Louisville would be favored Read the rest of this entry

A Night in Death Valley: Louisville at Clemson Preview

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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.

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BucketHatism: Marshall

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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 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)

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Nunnsense: Card Nation Supports 7-Year Old Boy Before And After Brain Surgery

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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

BucketHatism: Florida State

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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”

May the court excuse the fact that I have showed up this morning wearing a wife beater and luau shorts.   I am still celebrating the weekend that was, and if you have an issue with that please see yourself out.  I will be reading my notes from the book of Louisville, Chapter L1 verse C4.  (Clears throat):

  • First and foremost the BHK would like to thank the good folks over at 93.9 The Ville for showcasing the 35th and KY Sports Show during their 24 hour pregame show. It was a tremendous opportunity and we were honored to be a part of it.
  • The BHK threw his back out last week trying to pump iron at the gym.  But I was determined to get to GameDay and PJCS, even if I had to crawl.

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Who will be the Celebrity Guest Picker?

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The Bucket Hat King had to call a special hearing this morning to address some pertinent news. As you have all heard, the University of Louisville will host ESPN’s College GameDay for the first time in program history this Saturday.   I am sure most, like myself, are big fans of the tradition of the show which includes hilarious signs, live music, ESPN personalities, and the always entertaining selection by Lee Corso.

Not long ago, GameDay began the tradition of having a celebrity guest picker. It is usually someone with ties to the school or city, but it can also be random (See Katy Perry at Ole Miss).  So the speculation has already started, who will walk out of the GameDay RV and step on stage to represent our beloved Cards??

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BucketHatism: Syracuse

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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 morning, as most of us are waking up this Saturday morning with nothing to do but to replay last night’s events in our Cardinal crazed minds, the BHK would like to read the court his observations and suggestions from last night’s beat down of Otto and his homeboy’s up north.

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Friday Night Fight: Louisville at Syracuse

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Last Time: After trailing 10-7 to end the first quarter, Louisville rallied to score 34 unanswered in the following three quarters to blow out the Orange 41-17. Kyle Bolin netted a season high 362 yards and three touchdowns, and Trumaine Washington had a 39 yard interception return for a touchdown to start the scoring spree for Louisville.

With the win, Louisville holds the all-time series lead 8-7.

This Time: Both teams enter tonight 1-0, and looking to get an early leg up in conference play.

About the Syracuse Orange

After a largely unsuccessful three-year run with Scott Shafer, Syracuse hired Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers to try to revive Syracuse football. Babers led FCS Eastern Illinois to deep runs in the playoffs, and then brought Bowling Green to back-to-back MAC championships, winning last season before moving to upstate New York.

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The Wait….

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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 soon as the University of Louisville baseball team records their 27th out, the wait begins. That long agonizing wait that carries from June all the way until Labor Day weekend. Unless you have an interesting hobby, or a planned summer vacation we all have fell victim to that wait. I’m referring to that wait for Cardinal Football.

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Louisville Football Breakdown, Part Seven: Wide Receivers

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Last Season: With a ton of seniors graduating from the program last season, Louisville turned to a plethora of young, raw receivers to turn some production for the passing game. Jamari Staples, in spite of missing half the season due to injury, led all receivers with 638 yards and three touchdowns, while James Quick led the team with five touchdowns.

While Staples and Quick were the key contributors for Louisville at that position, they also had a ton of true freshmen contribute right away. Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Traveon Samuel all saw major playing time and delivered on touchdowns for the team. It should be of note that wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas left in the offseason to coach at Kentucky.

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Louisville Football Breakdown, Part Five: Running Backs

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Last Season: After a stellar 2014 season from the position, the running backs suffered a setback in 2015, with inconsistencies at quarterback and offensive line weighing them down. While four different running backs had 100-yard games in the 2014 season, only Brandon Radcliff had 100-yard games from the position in 2015 (117 against Syracuse, 146 against Virginia).

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