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Head Coach Rick Pitino
On this episode we break down Q’s return for the Miami game and the OT thriller against Syracuse. We preview the V-Tech game and look ahead to the showdown in Chapel Hill. Also, we discuss the craziest thing we have ever seen at a Louisville Sporting Event. All that plus some of CardNation calls in to the show.
It may have taken 5 extra minutes, but Louisville earned a big ACC road win tonight against old Big East foe, Syracuse by a score of 76-72.
The Cards battled the Orange all night after leading by double-digits in the first half, Syracuse cut the lead to 4 by halftime. The 2nd half was spent exchanging ties and leads and ultimately an unsuccessful half court heave by Quentin Snider at the buzzer pushed the game into overtime. Louisville played the entire 5-minute segment of OT without star Donovan Mitchell, who fouled out with 3:01 remaining in regulation, but a big 3 and and-1 (missed the free throw) by Ryan McMahon and some big plays and free throws by Anas Mahmoud helped the Cards outlast the Orange by a final score of 76-72.
After avoiding what would’ve been their first set of consecutive losses this season with their comeback win over Miami, Louisville travels to the Carrier Dome to take on old Big East rival Syracuse tonight at 7pm on ESPN.
Last year, Syracuse endured a suspension for Jim Boeheim, made the tournament on the bubble, and to top it all off, went to the Final Four against all odds. Many pieces are missing from that Final Four team, so many people expected Syracuse to take a step back this year. While they did at the beginning, and they’re still not where they want to be, the Orange have wins over Florida State and Virginia and sit at 8-5 in ACC play. They aren’t world beaters or favorites for the tournament (if they make it), but the Orange certainly have statements they need to make to impress the tournament committee, a win against the top-10 Cards tonight would do just that.
Syracuse is led by senior guard Andrew White III with 17.7 PPG, sophomore forward Tyler Lydon anchors the frontcourt load with 13.3 PPG and 7.8 RPG, while senior guard John Gillion facilitates the offense with 5.3 APG (ranks 4th in the ACC). Syracuse is a solid offensive team at 76.7 PPG compared to Louisville’s 77.2 PPG. However, their defense isn’t all that great (70.0 PPGA compared to Louisville’s 62.8 PPGA). Jim Boeheim’s tenure at Syracuse has been the era of the unbeatable, long, athletic 2-3 zone, but this team isn’t as defensively efficient as past teams under Boeheim.
While this is a rivalry game and these games are more unpredictable than others, I don’t see Louisville having trouble tonight. This season, when Louisville has gone up against a team whose focus is offense, Louisville has had the upper hand. Tonight will be no different. Q will continue to settle in, Deng and Mangok will build on their comeback performances, and Donovan will continue to shine tonight.
Louisville 81-Syracuse 68.
Head Coach Rick Pitino
It may not have been pretty, the Cards may not have covered the spread, but the Louisville Cardinals bounced back from Monday’s loss and defeated the Miami Hurricanes 71-66.
With just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, Louisville found themselves in a 14-point hole. They’d go on to cut that lead in half by halftime, ending the first segment of play down 33-26. The Cardinals trailed most of the second half until a 13-0 run pushed them ahead of the Canes 61-53 with 3:59 to play. The Canes answered with an 8-0 run of their own to tie the score 61-61 with 1:56 left but a couple free throws and a big time 3 by the Louisville native Quentin Snider gave the Cards a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals travel to Virginia to take on the No. 12 Cavaliers tonight at 7pm on ESPN, in a game that’s sure to be a low-scoring offensive struggle.
It’s no secret that Virginia has had their way with the Cards since Louisville entered the ACC. Many people go as far to say that Tony Bennett is Rick Pitino’s kryptonite when comes to these head-to-head matchups. No one fully knows why, but it’s painfully obvious Louisville struggles against the patented-Virginia Packline defense. Louisville has yet to score 60 points against Virginia during their time in the ACC and only has 1 win against the Cavaliers. Add in injuries to Quentin Snider and Tony Hicks, along with suspensions for Mangok Mathiang and Deng Adel, and now you’ve got a historically struggle of a game with only 7 scholarship players.
This time last year, the Louisville Cardinals were gearing up to host No. 2 and eventual National Runner-Up North Carolina. A win over the Tarheels would’ve been the signature win that team needed. They had talent, leadership, and were widely considered as one of the most enjoyable Louisville teams to watch in recent memory. All they lacked was a marquee win.
It started with an aggressive drive capped off by a thunderous one-handed slam from senior grad-student transfer and crowd favorite Damion Lee. He’d finish with a game-high 24 points, and would lead the Cardinals to their recognition-earning win. The city, fans, and team expressed their elation all night and into the next morning. Then, everything changed.
The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals defeated the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils today by a final score of 78-69. If you watched the entire game then you know the score doesn’t exactly reflect just how dominant the Cards were today. After a back and forth beginning to the game, the Cardinals appeared to settle in and capitalize on the stout defense they had been playing by connecting on a few shots, and more importantly, building confidence.
Louisville entered halftime with a 4-point lead, lead for nearly 75% of the game, and never allowed Duke to get into a rhythm from the 8 minute mark of the first half, on. It was a balanced effort from the Cardinals, Anas Mahmoud recorded a career high of 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell added 15 points, Quentin Snider chipped in 13 with 6 assists and 5 rebounds, and Ray Spalding scored 11 points, as well.
This win was huge for the Cardinals now, and going forward. Anas Mahmoud continues to look better each game and he dominated today. A 2-0 week to build on when the Cards play Clemson on Thursday at 9pm at the Yum! Center. The game can be watched on ESPN.
The No. 9 Louisville Cardinals suffered their 3rd loss of the season on the road at No. 23 Notre Dame, by a score of 77-70. The Cardinals started slow, but appeared to shake off the rust at times; however, they never put together consistent stretches of play and in the end it doomed the Cardinals.
Yes I am a day late. My mom always told me it is better to be late than to not be at all. Or something like that. We at CSZ hope that you had a great Christmas or whatever you celebrate but now we are back to business. Yesterday Louisville’s own Quentin Snider was named ACC P.O.T.W. after his 22 point performance against kentucky. Here is the official press release from Kenny Klein:
Louisville’s Snider Honored as ACC Player of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior guard Quentin Snider has been honored as the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25.
In Louisville’s only game last week, Snider was named the Most Valuable Player by the Bluegrass Sports Commission in UofL’s 73-70 victory over then sixth-ranked Kentucky. Snider delivered a career-best 22 points, grabbed a career-high matching six rebounds and handed out a game-high five assists as the sixth-ranked Cardinals won their sixth straight.
The 22 points for Snider were the most for a Louisville native against Kentucky since DeJuan Wheat’s 23 points in an 88-86 win over the Wildcats on Jan. 1, 1995. He also had two steals against the Wildcats after producing a single steal in UofL’s first 11 games. Snider is fourth in the ACC and 35th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (2.94).
Snider, who is averaging a team-high 11.9 points and 3.9 assists in Louisville’s balanced lineup, is the first Cardinal to be honored with a weekly league award this season. ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.
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The ACC release is available at this link: http://theacc.co/mbb16pow1226
Quentin Snider may have earned more respect nationally after leading Louisville to a 73-70 win over rival Kentucky last night in the Yum Center but locally we have all respected him from the day he committed to Louisville after his freshman year at Ballard High school. Snider finished the game with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. He did so on a Wednesday night, nationally televised game versus the 6th ranked team in the country which also happens to be the in state hated rival. Read the rest of this entry
Head Coach Rick Pitino
Quentin Snider scored 22 points, Deng Adel added 18, Jaylen Johnson 14 & D-Mitch had 13 to lead the Cardinals to a 73-70 victory over Kentucky tonight. Q, Deng & Jaylen all had 6 rebounds. Ray Spalding led the team with 7 rebounds and was the only other player who scored with 6. Q also led the team with 5 assists and 2 steals. The Cards will face Virginia next one week from tonight at 7pm on ESPN2. Here are the highlights! The press conferences will be out later!
Here are the press conferences from after todays 102-71 victory over Texas Southern which happened to also be Coach Rick Pitino’s 400th win at Louisville! Shout out to TSU Derrick Griffin and his monstrous double-double! (15 pts, 26reb). Now it’s time to get ready to watch Lamar in NYC!