It has been forever since I last posted to this site. Work has kept me pretty busy, and there was a computer change, and more work, and …no one cares. Anyway, this will be a short and sweet post just to get the juices flowing again as time begins to slow back down.
This is by no means an ACC Tournament preview. There are still games to be played and seeding to be established. It is simply a cautionary tale. A small piece of my opinion. A quick check in on what to look forward to and how to manage expectations.
It seems like an annual event but Rick Pitino was named as a semifinalist for the Naismith coach of the year. Pitino is one of 10 semifinalist. Per gocards.com, The list will be narrowed to four finalists on March 16. After the finalists are chosen, fans will have an opportunity to participate in overall voting process. From 10 a.m. ET on March 20 through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31 fans can cast their ballot at naismithtrophy.com/vote. One vote per person, per category, per day is permitted. The fan vote will account for 5% of the total vote.
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The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals look to bounce back from Wednesday night’s road loss against UNC today against a Syracuse team that is looking to build on a buzzer beater win over Duke in their last outing. The two old Big East foes face off today at 2pm on CBS, Louisville is favored by 9.
Syracuse is led in scoring by Guard Andrew White at 17.5 PPG. Guard John Gillon facilitates the offense by averaging 5.4 APG. However, the guy who may be the most essential piece to the Syracuse puzzle is forward Tyler Lydon. The Sophomore averages 13.5 PPG and leads the team with 8.1 RPG, he fills the stat sheet but does the grunt work as well which makes him essential to the Orange’s gameplan against the gritty Cards.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino have been coaching together and against each other since their careers began. Today they may face off for the last time as Boeheim alluded to the possibility of this being his last season. I think the Cards spoil the potential last reunion for Boeheim and do so impressively.
Cards 83-Orange 68.
The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals travel to Chapel Hill for a top-10 ACC matchup with the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels tonight at 9pm on ESPN. The line currently stands at UNC-8, after it opened with UNC giving Louisville 5.5 points.
While the fact that both teams are in the top-10 makes for a good headline, there’s so much more to tonight’s game. The winner of tonight’s game will likely win the ACC regular season crown and a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament. Needless to say, there’s a lot on the line for both teams tonight, but the loser is in no way in bad shape either. A win in Chapel Hill will be difficult, but not impossible.
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Head Coach Rick Pitino
The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals look to keep their ACC regular season title hopes alive when the Hokies of Virginia Tech take the floor at the Yum! Center today at 1pm, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.
Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6) enter the game today with their last two wins against Virginia in 2OT and at Pittsburgh, so the Hokies are riding a hot streak. They’re led by senior forward Zach Leday at 15.2 PPG. Other than Leday, the Hokies only floored on other positional player that wasn’t a guard against Pitt, so once again, the Cards will have to stop a guard oriented team.
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
After nearly a week long break from Monday’s shorthanded loss at Virginia, the Cards are back in action today by hosting Miami at 2pm on ESPN.
Today, Louisville will have 3 of the 4 players they sorely missed on Monday, Quentin Snider returns from his hip injury that sidelined him for 6 games and Mangok Mathiang and Deng Adel are both back after serving their 1-game suspension for missing curfew. Tony Hicks still has some recovering to do, but the Cards are getting everyone back at the right time.
I’m not a moral victory guy and I don’t make excuses when we lose. But if you look closely at 3 of Louisville’s losses this season you will see just how good this team really is and potentially how good they can be. I want to take a closer look at the losses to Baylor, Florida State and Monday night’s game at Virginia to point out a few things that I believe prove Louisville is a Final Four team. Keep in mind that making the Final Four is all about match-ups and what bracket you are seeded in. The best team doesn’t always win the tournament but there is no team out there that I would be scared for Louisville to play this year. Read the rest of this entry
Some people will do everything and ignore anything just to keep slandering your name.
Like most Louisville fans and supporters, I’ve reached a point where I’ve just grown tired of constantly hearing about UK fan Katina Powell and that whole scandal. We know that there was a grad assistant that paid for strippers/dancers for recruits and players. We know that Rick Pitino had an extramarital affair in the past. We know that Bobby Petrino also did the same thing, even if he wasn’t even our coach at the time. We know about Porcini. We know about the motorcycle. We know.
How do we know? Well, we have our good friends at all facets of the national sports media to always be there and remind us. Everyone from ESPN, to CBS Sports, to FS1, and so on and so forth reminding us nearly every time Louisville takes the court of all the acts that went down in Minardi Hall, with every single mention of it being followed up by vehement criticism. We have the likes of Michael Rosenberg crafting slam pieces with obvious negative bias. Even as recent as last night, we have people like Jay Williams criticizing Louisville’s culture simply because a player missed curfew.
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.
In yet another unpredictable day of this college basketball season, the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals remained consistent. The Cardinals traveled to Boston College and defeated the Eagles 90-67.
While play may have gotten sloppy to end the first half and open the second, the Cardinals controlled the outcome the whole way. Led by Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel’s 19 points each, both on 7-10 shooting, another great offensive performance by Mangok Mathiang with 16 points, along with freshman V.J. King’s 11 points a Louisville victory was never in doubt.
In the fall of 2015, when we heard about the release of a book entitled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” we all immediately assumed the book was completely fiction and we turned our attention to finding the hidden agenda of the author (a name that shall never be mentioned again). Read the rest of this entry
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.