Nick Bennett delivered one of the best performances of his young career, pitching eight shutout innings as #25 Louisville (39-16) cruised to a 5-0 win over Notre Dame (24-27). Read the rest of this entry
In a pinch-hitting role, freshman Zach Britton came off the bench and came up big for #25 Louisville. His walkoff hit to left field in the bottom ninth gave the Cardinals (38-16) a 5-4 win over Notre Dame (24-26) to start their weekend series against the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame jumped ahead in the first inning. An error while trying to put out Matt Vierling resulted in a run scoring for the Fighting Irish, giving them an early 1-0 lead in the inning.
It was a perfect 5-0 week for the Cardinals last week. The Cardinals came back from an early 4-0 deficit to beat Wright State, then followed that up with an offensive explosion as they rolled to a 24-6 win over Cincinnati. Louisville then traveled to Pittsburgh and swept the Panthers on the road (6-3, 6-5, 8-5), giving them their first perfect week since mid-April.
Up next, Louisville (37-15) closes their regular season with a four-game homestand against Indiana and Notre Dame. Read the rest of this entry
In a game that didn’t have much at stake for either team, the No.1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 10-3 in the Cards’ first game of pool play. Although the Cards managed to come away victorious, it didn’t really mean much in terms of advancing past pool play and onto the semifinals. This was because 12-seed Notre Dame’s loss to 8-seed Florida State the day before had not only mathematically eliminated Notre Dame, but had turned Friday’s Louisville/Florida State game into a de facto survive-and-advance game no matter the outcome of the Louisville/Notre Dame game.
Louisville Football announced this morning that they have extended their home-and-home series with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They will be playing the Irish at PJCS in 2030, 2033 and 2035, while they will go up to South Bend in 2032.
I’m really proud of my team to come in this atmosphere and beat an NCAA tournament team here. I was a little concerned about how sharp we would be- we haven’t played in eight days. I thought we responded great. I thought we were really good against their pressure which is the first thing you have to deal with. I thought we got stuff in transition that got us confident. And I thought overall, between zone and man, we really defended well.
I thought Steve Vasturia’s job on Rozier was really a key tonight because he is the guy that has to jump start them out on the perimeter. We’re already in the double-bye, they’re fighting for one. For us, we talked about it being another resume win for our NCAA tournament resume. I’m glad our guys responded to that.
Well you are always disappointed when you lose but Notre Dame was the better basketball team. Even including Kentucky, I think out of all the teams that we scouted this year, we thought this would be our most difficult game especially when Chris Jones went out, defensively. They play four guards and they do things offensively that can really hurt you. Although we played very poor defense, we kept getting into, well we take the lead, get it to two and then we totally breakdown with a bad shot on offense and a bad play defensively.
Well that one didn’t turn out very well. The Cards got down early, but rallied with an 11-0 run to start the second half to tie the game up. From there, it was a back and forth battle, with the Irish pulling away in the last few minutes. Louisville drops to 2-1 in their new season that I proclaimed them to have, and have one big regular season game left when Virginia comes to town on Saturday.
Nobody likes to relive losses, so if anyone is even reading this, thank you. I won’t take up much of your time. Just a few quick hitters from the game.
Rozier trying to impress?
We conducted a little poll on twitter this afternoon. Just curious who you think had the better dunk over Notre Dame. Kyle Kuric or Earl Clark? Here are the dunks once again, because why not? And here are your responses.
Two of the biggest dunks in recent memory for the Louisville Cardinals came at the hands of the Fighting Irish. Kyle Kuric let the world know that white men can, in fact, jump. Earl Clark told Luke Harangody he was going up to the 10th floor and dropping him off at the 7th.
There is so much going on in this first video. Mike Marra open in the corner, and Kyle saying “Nah, I got this.” The reaction of the Notre Dame cheerleaders to what they just witnessed. The phantom technical on Kuric. Bobby Knight and Digger Phelps acting like Kuric just dropped an elbow on someone in a rivalry game and should be kicked out. Just so much going on here.
Here are a few quick details about this game. If these don’t make you want to watch it, or at least some of it, I don’t know what will.
*Louisville’s starting lineup: LaBradford Smith, Felton Spencer, Everick Sullivan, Tony Kimbro, and Keith Williams.
*Head coaches: Denny Crum vs Digger Phelps
*Announcers: Keith Jackson and Dick Vitale
*Game: #13 Louisville vs #19 Notre Dame in Indianapolis.
Well there are times that this season has gone by quick, and times it has gone by slow. It seems like the last month has gone by at the snap of a finger. Now we’re faced with two really difficult games to get to a double bye. Our fate is in our hands, and we’ve got two very difficult teams to go against. One team is, percentage wise, the best offensive team in the country. The other team is the best, well one of the premier defensive teams in the country. So certainly we have our hands full. But I think our guys are up for the challenge. We’ve got to do a lot of things well to have any chance of beating either one of those teams.
We’re coming off a good road victory and I was real impressed after watching the tape of what we did team wise. We moved the basketball very well, shot a good percentage, took high percentage shots, and played good defense. So I was very pleased going into a homestand with two top 10 teams (at the time) and we certainly have to play well to beat either one of those teams.
There are 6 ACC games on the schedule today. The Cards will host Miami and try to end their two game losing streak. They are still fighting to get one of those top 4 spots in the conference and earn a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
Video of Brian Kelly’s press conference along with the full transcript. He mainly talks about his team, as is the situation with most of these press conferences where they “preview” the opponent. But he mentions some Louisville. Either way, you can learn about the Fighting Irish.
COACH KELLY: We’ll have to find ways to move the ball against an extremely athletic Louisville defense. Mauldin, Burgess, inside very physical fronts. I think there’s probably four or five guys there as good of guys as we’ve gone against. And it looks like they’ve going to get some guys back, too. It will be a great challenge.
I think really it’s about how we play. I think it’s pretty obvious that we’ve got to make some plays defensively. Slow some people down. And take care of the football. Those are the two things. And then our kicking game has got to get back to where it was. I still think we’ve got one of the best kickers in the country, he had an off day on Saturday. But I expect him to bounce back, and if we get those three areas cleaned up, we could beat anybody. So I know that’s the way our kids feel. That’s the way I feel. And we get a chance to do that again on Senior Day. Which is important. Important milestone for three of our seniors, in particular, because they’re the three guys that came in with me five years ago, and we certainly want to send them out as winners. So, with that I’ll answer questions.
If you are planning to make the trip to South Bend for the Louisville-Notre Dame football game this weekend, you may want to read the guidelines on tailgating up there first. No charcoal grills, tents with walls, or loud speakers. The biggest problem for UofL fans? Tailgating is NOT allowed after kickoff. Surely this wouldn’t be a problem at a road game, but you never know!
Here are the rules for tailgating straight from Notre Dame’s website:
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 first USA Today Amway Coaches Poll was released on Thursday afternoon. Not much surprise near the top as Florida State is the top ranked team. The Louisville Cardinals are 11th under “Others Receiving Votes,” essentially meaning they are ranked 36th in this poll. The Miami Hurricanes are two spots ahead of the Cards.
Three of UofL’s opponents are ranked: Florida State (1), Clemson (16), and Notre Dame (17). In previous seasons, it has been good to just find one ranked opponent on the schedule. That won’t be a problem this season!
If you missed your chance to get Louisville-Notre Dame football tickets for the game in South Bend on November 22, you have another chance. These tickets are being sold through Notre Dame, but they still get you into the stadium!
Tickets go on sale at 6 pm ET. Click here for the link to buy tickets.
And yes you would likely be in the Notre Dame section. But hey, maybe you will end up sitting next to D-Bob!