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UofL Loses NCAA Appeal

 

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Photo Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.

This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.

Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.

While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.

I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.

The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.

Donovan Petitions To Get His NBA 2K Dunk Rating Raised

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When the creators of NBA 2K put Donovan Mitchell’s dunk rating at a 50/100, we all knew he was being grossly overlooked. After dominating at the All-Star Dunk Contest this weekend, Donovan started a petition to get his score raised, and it worked!

Jordan Nwora Named ACC Rookie Of The Week

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville’s Jordan Nwora Selected ACC Rookie of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville freshman forward Jordan Nwora has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week.

Nwora (pronounced WORE-uh) averaged 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, shot 59.1 percent from the field and made 7-of-11 three-pointers (.636) as the Cardinals won two of three games last week, playing an average of 16 minutes per game.

The 6-8 forward from Buffalo, New York, scored a team-high 16 points with four rebounds and a season-high four steals as Louisville prevailed over Georgia Tech. He made a season-high 5-of-7 three-pointers against the Yellow Jackets.  Nwora followed with his eighth double-figure scoring effort of the year with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists while connecting on 5-of-6 field goals as part of a balanced scoring attack as the Cardinals won at Pittsburgh.

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Uniform Report: UofL VS Syracuse

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UofL men’s basketball team will be rocking the throw backs tonight when they take the court against Syracuse!

Beat The Buzzer: Quentin Snider

In the final episode of Beat the Buzzer, UofL athletics sits down with Louisville native and captain of the UofL basketball team, Quentin Snider. Otherwise known as Q. Find out what the best advice he has ever received is and if he owned a Kentucky Derby horse, what would he name it.

Beat The Buzzer: Anas Mahmoud

Anas Mahmoud

On today’s Beat the Buzzer, UofL Athletics sits down with senior center, Anas Mahmoud. We find out what his comfort food is, who is the one celebrity he would leave tickets for and what is his best memory at UofL so far?

Louisville Men’s Basketball: Bryant Post-Game Pressers & Highlights

 

Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 102-59 victory over Bryant University. Anas continues to string together good games. Tonight he put up 17 points, 9 rebounds & 3 blocks. Quentin scored 17, Adel 17, Thomas 10 pts/7 reb & 11 pts/9 reb by Ray Spalding. 5 Cards overall reached double digits in scoring and 4 players had 6 or more rebounds. They out-rebounded Bryant overall 46-29.

 

Here’s Louisville Head Coach David Padgett:

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Louisville Men’s Basketball: IU Post-Game Pressers & Highlights

 

Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 71-62 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Anas came through with another strong game today and Ray Spalding appears to be slowly shifting into the player we all thought he would be coming into this year. He scored 10 points and added 14 rebounds.

Here’s Louisville Head coach David Padgett

 

Deng Adel

 

Ray Spalding

 

Ryan McMahon

Highlights

Beat The Buzzer: Dwayne Sutton

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What would Sutton be doing if he didn’t play basketball? Who is the most serious of all his teammates? What is his comfort food? We the fans get the answer to these questions and more on today’s Beat the Buzzer thanks to UofL Athletics.

Louisville Men’s Basketball: Siena Post Game Press Conferences

 

Here are the pressers from after tonight’s 86-60 victory over Siena University. Anas Mahmoud was one block away from the 5th triple double in the history of the University of Louisville. Here is what Head Coach David Padgett and a few of the players had to say after the win in which the Cards exploded in the second half after leading by only 3 at the break. Also enjoy the highlights at the end of the post from tonight’s game!

 

Head Coach David Padgett

Anas Mahmoud

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Kevin Willard Has No Love For UofL

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Photo Courtesy of Double G Sports

Now that it is December, we have found our first Grinch of the holiday season. His name is Kevin Willard. Willard was an assistant to He Who Shall Not Be Named (Pitino) from 2001-2007 and even recruited David Padgett. While he compliments how well David has handled everything the past few months, he also mentions that he has no emotional attachment to UofL since Pitino and Jurich are both gone. We also can’t fully blame him, he has been gone for a while. Either way, Sunday should be fun when Seaton Hall visits the Yum! Center at 4.

Beat The Buzzer: VJ King

VJ King- SFUofL athletics sat down with VJ King to find out a little more about the sophomore. What is the best advice he has ever received? Who is his celebrity crush? What would he name his Derby horse? Find out the answer to these and so much more below!

Louisville Basketball PostGame Pressers: St Francis

Here are the highlights, presser & interviews from after last nights 84-72 victory over St Francis University.

 

Before what looked to be a sprained ankle, Ray Spalding was on a mission! 19 points, 13 boards and 5 blocks! Who knows what would have happened if he would have played the entire game. Anas added 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Cards had 6 players in total in double figure scoring (Spalding 19, Adel 13, Anas, 12, Q 11,VJ 10, Nwora 10) but it had a different feel to this game even though Louisville led wire-to-wire. It was stretched out all the way to a 22 point lead with 12:38 left in the game but SFU came back and made it a game all the way to the end. Here is what Coach Padgett and the players had to say:

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How Is Padgett Adjusting To The New Normal

Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal recently sat down with interim head coach, David Padgett for 30 minutes, and got the inside scoop on how he is adjusting. They talked about everything from recruiting to adjusting to the size of his new office (hint, it is huge).

Deng Adel Preseason Top 50 Candidate For Wooden Award

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It was announced today that Deng Adel has been named to the preseason top 50 candidate list for the Wooden Award. The Wooden award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Congrats to Adel!

 

Finding The Sunshine In The Darkest Days Of UofL Men’s Basketball

On September 26, 2017,  the day started off just like any other day. Most of us went to work, student athletes and students attended classes, naps were taken, never would anyone have guessed the landscape of college basketball would be potentially changed forever that day.

Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal sat down with some of the current players on the UofL men’s basketball team and asked them how they all found out about the FBI investigation. Anas was leaving a finance class, Quentin was taking a nap, VJ and Ryan were in a biology lab, everyone was going about their normal, every day business when a tsunami hit.

While everyone had the same initial reaction of shock and disbelief, it is the way Q, Anas and Adel stepped up to make sure the team did not fall apart. Their true leadership skills shined like never before in some of the toughest days of being a cardinal.