Louisville went on the road Thursday and picked up a big conference win over NC State. It looked at times like the Cards were ready to “boom” them and put the game out of reach, but NC State hung in there and made it a game down to the buzzer. Win by 20 or win by 5, a road win in the ACC is solid. Here are my six takeaways following the game…
Rick Pitino had his press conference on Wednesday where he previewed NC State. He covered everything from Cat Barber to Mangok Mathiang to Ben Simmons to the Kansas-Oklahoma game from a few nights ago.
I think as you can see with this league probably right now there are 14 coaches saying, ‘OK, we’ve got a great shot at the NCAA.’ Last night Clemson shocks the ACC with a win at Syracuse. Clemson gave North Carolina, they could have won that game, late in the game. It’s a fascinating league. It does remind me Southern style of the Big East a few years ago when 11 teams got in, which makes it fun for everybody, especially for the fans, the players and everybody alike. If you can come away with a road victory at any point you have a leg up. You’ve got to win your home games. It’ll be a great year.
The opening line is out from VegasInsider.com, and NC State is a 5 point favorite against Louisville this Saturday. The Wolfpack are 4-0 heading into the game, but have not really been tested. They beat Troy (49-21), Eastern Kentucky (35-0), Old Dominion (38-14), and South Alabama (63-13).
Tied at 5 in the 9th inning, the Cards scored three runs, including one on a squeeze play, to beat NC State 8-5. With the win, the Cards won every ACC series this season and set a record for the most conference wins in ACC history with 25.
The Cards continued their winning ways on Thursday by picking up another ACC win on the road against NC State. Here are the highlights. They are back at it this evening at 6:30 on ESPN3 and 93.9 The Ville.
A good 25 minutes of a Rick Pitino press conference. He talks NC State, “morons” that call into sports talk radio shows, and has a lot of laughter. Good stuff.
Well, we’re obviously excited to be in the Sweet 16. We took a day off yesterday because a West Coast trip knocks a lot out of you. So today I’m sure we’ll have a little bit of a sluggish practice trying to get our feet back, but I think the adrenalin is going to be very high and we’re looking forward to playing another ACC basketball game, and we know how good NC State is because they beat us by 8-10 points at home. Not too many teams do that and they did it. We also realize they’ve won 8 out of 10, their frontcourt’s playing extremely well and their backcourt’s playing outstanding and they’ve beaten some pretty damn good teams on their court. We know it will be a hard-fought game, it’s not only an outstanding team we’re playing, but there’s a lot at stake.
While I don’t agree with his final prediction, here is a little preview.
The Louisville Cardinals have opened as a 3 point favorite for Friday’s game against North Carolina State. Also, the over/under for total points scored is 131 1/2, which means the score is projected to be somewhere around 67-64 in favor of the Cards. A little too close for me. I would be fine with a 10 point margin and some comfort. But I know, I know…just survive and advance.
Go ahead and make your plans for watching the Cards this weekend. Before last night’s game against Northern Iowa, the schedule was already released and we knew when Louisville would play if they advanced.
With the win, Louisville will now face NC State and the game will be Friday at 7:37 pm ET in Syracuse, New York. The game will be shown on TBS and Vern Lundquist will be on the call. So we can only imagine how he will pronounce “Mangok Mathiang” and “Chinanu Onuaku.” The full schedule for Thursday and Friday is below.
With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.
It sure was good to have DeVante back. To keep it simple: he changes everything!
Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the loss at Clemson and preview the upcoming game against NC State. The videos are from thecrunchzone.com.
When NC State takes the field on Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals, they will do so without 7 players who were just suspended because of a BB gun incident. Two of the seven are starters on defense (Fernandez and Jones). Here are the rest of the players and their stats this season…
LB Jerod Fernandez – 58 tackles (24 solo) and 2 INT. Team’s leading tackler
S Josh Jones – 38 tackles (28 solo) with 1 sack and 1 INT
Here is the schedule of games today in the ACC. Obviously, Louisville at Clemson is the game of the week, but there are some other good games as well.
Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) vs (1) Florida State (5-0, 3-0) 12:00 ESPN
Miami (3-3, 1-2) vs Cincinnati (2-2, 0-1) 12:00 GamePlan/ESPN3
The ACC has announced time and TV for games on October 18. The Louisville vs NC State game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will kickoff at 3:30 pm ET. The schedule has the TV listed as “Raycom Sports Network.” I am assuming that means WHAS or WAVE locally, since they have split the games on the ACC Network for Louisville this season.
I believe the last game on that network was on WAVE, so maybe this one will be on WHAS. When I know for sure, I will update it here. Either way, it’s at 3:30 and not noon!
There aren’t too many exciting games (on paper) in the ACC today, or in college football for that matter. There are a couple of ranked games around the country, but honestly, it’s college football. So of course it’s still exciting! The ACC should have a pretty good day today, and carrying the flag for the conference will be Virginia Tech as they try to take down Ohio State.
There are some other games of interest to me. I’d like to see Virginia have a win since we play them next week. After the performance last week, Wake Forest needs a win anytime they can get one, so hopefully today is it for them. Troy usually has a good team, so Duke could be challenged. I would like to see Miami have a dominant game, anything to make our win look even better! San Diego State is usually a solid program, so North Carolina could have a decent game on their hands. Then obviously the big one with Virginia Tech and Ohio State. I guess you could say I am very wrapped up in this whole ACC thing. College football is fun. Oh, and Go Cards!
Here is the full schedule of games for the ACC. It looks like it is ESPN3 day for the conference.
Athlon released their predictions for the conference finishes earlier in June, and here is what they predicted for the ACC in 2014. They have the Cards finishing 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a solid first year in the ACC to me.