Donovan Mitchell is having an outstanding rookie season with the Utah Jazz. He has broken records, had insane dunks and done it all while taking control of the Jazz offense. Colin Ward-Henninger with CBS Sports now has Donovan at the top of the rookie power rankings. Right where he belongs.
Rick Pitino once said that when the time came it was time for him to move on from UofL, he would walk away quietly. With no surprise, that doesn’t seem to be the case. He has now came out and said that he didn’t feel he had support anymore at UofL and that Papa John’s comments hurt his feelings.
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.
This week’s edition is more of a rant rather than an informational, educational, entertainment or editorial piece.
I’ve had all I can take of the negative talk and bashing of our current men’s basketball coach. I don’t get on the message boards because I can only take so much before I call out people’s ignorance but I do get on Facebook and Twitter and that’s enough for me. It seems that after every game, I see many people complaining about this team, their performance and especially their coach. It’s a bad look and Lord knows we don’t need anymore of that.
It is my belief that most of these people are diehard Rick Pitino fans. I get that some of you will back Rick to the day you die but this isn’t about him. This is about the University of Louisville. Nobody is bigger than the University, – not me – not you – not Rick – not Tom – not Dr. Postel – NOBODY! It’s time to move on and put all of this behind us. Support the school you love unconditionally. But we can’t do that if we are divided.
That’s why we can’t have people calling out our basketball coach after just a few games. I understand the frustration and I believe it’s OK to call out the coaches, who get paid a lot of money, if they are not performing up to their pay grade but at least give coach Padgett a chance. Read the rest of this entry
Deng Adel, VJ King, Jordan Nwora and David Padgett met with the media after Sunday’s loss to Seton Hall. Hear what they had to say below.
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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.
Today, former head coach Rick Pitino announced he will be suing the University of Louisville athletic association for a breach of contract. He is looking for over $35 Million. In a statement released through his lawyer he is claiming his contract was breached when he was suspended and ultimately fired. Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal helps break it down below.
UofL 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!
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Toy Collection Planned for Dec. 11 Men’s Basketball Game
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — New toys will be collected and subsequently donated to Norton’s Children’s Hospital prior to the Cardinals’ Dec. 11 men’s basketball game against Bryant. New toys for any age or gender will be collected at the entrance of the KFC Yum! Center. A group of the toys will also be provided to the Home of the Innocents and Wesley House.
Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.
In the latest chapter of the Katina Powell saga, UofL has filed its official appeal against the NCAA Committee of Infractions ruling from June. The Courier Journal received these files through a public records request. UofL deems the ruling excessive especially since none of the players on the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams received the “benefits” Katina Powell claimed.
Once again, the Cardinals fall one spot in this week’s AP poll. Duke continues to hold onto the top spot with Arizona and Kansas rounding out the top 3. Any surprises to you in this week’s poll?
No. 5 Louisville defeated No. 10 Oregon to win the Preseason WNIT Championship. Check out the post game press conference and game highlights.
Coach Jeff Walz
Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr
Donovan Spida Mitchell. He is one of the most beloved cardinals to wear the uniform in recent years, and rightfully so. He has been off to a great start in his professional career and just recently came through with a promise he made to his mom to buy her a new car. Andrew Sharp with Sports Illustrated ranks the top 15 in the rookie class based on the first month’s performance, and Donovan is getting the recognition he deserves.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals held the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines to only 12 second half points to secure a 74-49 victory and a trip to the WNIT Championship. Louisville has knocked down two top 25 teams in five days.
The Cardinals started out slow as Myisha Hines-Allen was the nearly the only Louisville player to find the bottom of the net in the first half.
“The first half, I apologize to the fans, that was absolutely embarrassing,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “We did not play hard, we played very immature.”
Louisville had no answer for Katelynn Flaherty. Flaherty was on fire from beyond the arc connecting on four of Michigan’s five triples in the first period and five total in the first half. Asia Durr, on the other hand, could not buy a bucket. Michigan blocked Durr out, keeping her from getting comfortable with a shot. Durr was able to pick up five points in the first 20 minutes, scoring on a jumper and getting fouled on a three-pointer. However, Hines-Allen ultimately kept the Cardinals in the game with her 14 points.
Aside from shooting 67% from beyond the arc, Michigan controlled the defensive glass. The Wolverines pulled down 13 defensive rebounds limiting the Cardinals to only six offensive boards.
Coach Walz was not pleased with Louisville’s rebounding in the first half.
“When the ball goes through the net and you get it, it doesn’t count as a rebound.” Coach Walz said in the post game interview. “We had a lot of those in the first half.”
The Cardinals were able to convert eight Wolverine turnovers into 11 points, which was essentially the best part of Louisville’s first half effort.
Louisville trailed Michigan by five at the half, 37-32.
It is unknown what Coach Jeff Walz said in the locker room during halftime, but Louisville looked like a different team in the third period.
“It was a great second half of basketball,” Coach Walz said. “We came out with passion, with some fight.”
Michigan was unable to score, starting off 0-of-5 from the field and turning the ball over five times. The drought forced Flaherty to cool off. She was visibly frustrated as she went to the line to miss two free throws. The Wolverines did not score until the 4:06 mark when Flaherty was finally able to connect on a layup. Michigan went on another scoring drought for two minutes.
The Cardinals held the Wolverines to 2 field goals, while forcing 10 turnovers. Louisville went on to rack up 19 points behind Durr and Hines-Allen’s combined 10 points.
The final period was no different. Louisville continued to offensively dominate Michigan. While defensively, the Cardinals, again, limited the Wolverines to just two made field goals.
Michigan only scored 12 points in the second half on 19% shooting from the field. The Wolverines biggest struggle was turning the ball over. Louisville converted 15 turnovers into 13 points. Michigan looked exhausted and overwhelmed in the second half.
Louisville outscored Michigan, 42-12 in the second half to secure a 74-49 victory.
The Cardinals had two players notch double-figures: Myisha Hines-Allen paced Louisville with 19 points on 50% shooting from the field. Hines-Allen also grabbed eight rebounds and two assists. Asia Durr added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists.
For the Wolverines, two players notched double-digits: Katelynn Flaherty led all scorers with 23 points, knocking down 5-of-6 three-pointers, while Hailey Brown added 10 points.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals will face the winner of No. 10 Oregon Ducks and No. 18 Texas A&M on Sunday in the preseason WNIT Championship.
When Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, they never could have guessed the obstacles they would be facing. They have played through the Katina Powell scandal and now the FBI one. They never let it bring them down though, they have been the solid foundation that the freshman and sophomores have needed. Jeff Borzello with ESPN.COM talks about how vital the upperclassman have been.
Louisville, KY — The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals powered past the Toledo Rockets, 90-51, to advance to the semi-final of the WNIT.
Two Cardinals earned double-doubles in the matchup. Myisha Hines-Allen and Jazmine Jones both racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds. While Asia Durr showed no signs of fatigue, knocking down a team-best three triples.
Louisville got off to a sluggish start, turning the ball over five times in the first period, three of which came from Durr. Toledo was able to convert the turnovers into five easy points.
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).
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!