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Louisville/Clemson Post-Game Pressers & Wrap-Up

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Highlights from the ACC Digital Network:

Pressers:

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

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Louisville vs Clemson: Pregame Breakdown

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After a very good week of games for the now No. 12 Louisville Cardinals, the Cardinals were bitten by the injury bug. Quentin Snider suffered a hip injury in the Duke game but finished the game, it was released Monday that he will miss the next 2-3 weeks due to the injury. Still, the Cardinals notched a win against then No. 7 Duke on Saturday and a win against Pitt on Wednesday pushing the Cards to 15-3 (3-2 in ACC).

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Calcast Podcast With Guest Rick Pitino

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The podcast you’ve all been waiting for is here. The Calcast with guest Rick Pitino is live. Listen here:

Men’s Basketball Special Events

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PRESS RELEASE

KENNY KLEIN

Special Events Set for Upcoming UofL Men’s Basketball Games

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honoring two past University of Louisville NCAA Final Four teams on their anniversaries and two “color” events are among upcoming special events at three of the remaining six UofL men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center.

UofL will close the month of January with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face NC State in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29.  Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 1 p.m. game.  Louisville has won six of its previous 10 games with “White Out” promotions, including knocking off four ranked opponents in those games when the arena was a bright white.  UofL Coach Rick Pitino has drawn national attention when he wore a white suit for eight of the “White Out” games.

This year marks the 45th and 35th anniversaries of two UofL NCAA Final Four teams.  The Cardinals will honor both the 1972 and 1982 Louisville teams that reached the NCAA Final Four by wearing adidas throwback uniforms with features similar to the 1982 team when UofL plays Syracuse on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

It is the 45th anniversary for UofL’s 1972 NCAA Final Four team (26-5 record), which was guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum in his first season with the Cardinals.  The Missouri Valley Conference Co-Champions featured five senior starters, including All-America guard Jim Price (1,460 career points, 1969-72), forward Ron Thomas, whose 13.0 career rebounding average is the fourth-best ever at UofL (1970-72), and 1,000-point scorer Al Vilcheck (1,048 points, 1969-72).

This season also marks the 35th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1982 Final Four team (23-10), which had six seniors on its roster.  Crum’s fourth Final Four team, which was runner-up in the Metro Conference, included four starters that totaled over 1,000 career points in Derek Smith (1,826), Lancaster Gordon (1,614), Jerry Eaves (1,250) and Rodney McCray (1,247).  The Cardinals beat UAB on its home floor to win the Mideast Regional.

The annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game is set for March 4 at 2 p.m. when the Cardinals face Notre Dame in the final home game of the season.  Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear red attire for that Senior Day event.  Louisville has won 14 of its last 15 Senior Day games, including last year’s 56-53 victory over Georgia Tech as Chinanu Onuaku led the Cardinals with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

AP Top 25: Men’s Basketball

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The Cards come off of a 2-0 week with wins vs Pitt & Duke to rise 2 spots this week.

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 17-1
PV Rank

3

Points

1,580

2
Kansas (32)
Record: 16-1
2
1,562
3
UCLA (3)
Record: 18-1
4
1,472
4
Record: 17-0
5
1,433
5
Record: 15-2
6
1,357
6
Record: 16-1
1
1,315
7
Record: 15-2
10
1,185
7
Record: 17-1
8
1,185
9
Record: 16-3
11
1,063
10
Record: 16-2
9
964
11
Record: 16-2
13
931
12
Record: 15-3
14
900

 

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Pitino Defends Grayson Allen And Donovan Mitchell Apologizes For Fans Booing

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All of college basketball is aware of the many tripping incidents from Duke’s Grayson Allen. We have also seen temper tantrums when he didn’t get the call he wanted or when he felt he was unjustly called for a foul. Based on what we have seen, we have all formed opinions about what kind of kid he is. Unjustly or not, that is human nature. Rick Pitino knows the players better than any of us and he thinks it’s a reflex.  “I happen to think (the times Allen has tripped opponents), it’s a reflex action like someone throwing an elbow,” Pitino said.

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Louisville vs Duke: Postgame Recap

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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.

Go Cards! 

UL-Duke Post-Game Pressers & Wrap-Up

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Wrap up by @theACCDN

 

Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Anas Mahmoud

 

Quentin Snider

 

UofL-Pitt Postgame Recap & Pressers

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

 

Highlights (Via @theACCDN)

 

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

 

Mangok Mathiang

 

Louisville vs Pittsburgh: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 14 Louisville Cardinals host one of their old Big East rivals in the Pittsburgh Panthers (12-4) tonight at the KFC Yum! Center at 7PM on the ACC Network. Despite the one win/loss differential in the teams’ records (Louisville 13-3, Pittsburgh 12-4), the Cardinals currently stand as 11-point favorites for tonight’s game.

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Louisville at Georgia Tech: Pregame Breakdown

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After suffering their third loss of the season Wednesday, the 9th ranked Cardinals (12-3) travel to Georgia Tech (9-5). The game will tip off at 2pm and can be seen on the ACC Network. The Yellowjackets beat UNC by 12, then turned around and dropped their next game against Duke 110-57, which makes the UNC game appear to be more of an outlier than the 53-point thrashing Duke handed them. All that considered, the Cards stand as 13-point favorites right now, in a road ACC game that they desperately need to win in order to avoid going 0-3 to start conference play.

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Louisville vs Notre Dame: Pregame Breakdown

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After last week’s 1-1 record with a home loss to then No. 12 Virginia and a neutral-site win over then No. 16 Indiana, the Louisville Cardinals dropped 3 spots to No. 9 in the country.

Now, Louisville looks to stay hot after it’s bounce-back victory over Indiana, in the Cards’ first road test in the ACC when they take on No. 23 Notre Dame. The Irish are currently 1-point favorites over the higher ranked Cardinals, the game can be watched on the ACC Network.

Bonzie Colson is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Fighting Irish. The “undersized” forward averages 16.6 PPG and 10.5 RPB. The Cards length in the frontcourt will be a large factor in slowing Colson down.

Louisville and Notre Dame have such a weird tradition of putting the fans through added stress by sending games into overtime. The Cards last loss in the 2013 Championship season came on the road in 5 overtimes (Big East Record for regular season games), the craziest part about it was the end to regulation. Jerian Grant led an improbable come back by scoring 13 points in 58 seconds to force OT. I digress, the point is, this game will go one of two ways: the Cards will handle business against an inferior team and develop that killer instinct only the 2013 team truly had, or this game will be weird, very weird. I’m hoping for option one, but my gut tells me option two is more likely. Louisville hasn’t won at Notre Dame since 1994 (that game also went to overtime, shocker) but it’s not known as a difficult place to play, these games are just..I’ll say it again, weird. Tonight the Cards win in South Bend for the first time in 23 years by a score of 88-83 in overtime.

Go Cards!

Rick Pitino Blog: 2017 Recruiting Update

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If you are wondering how many studs Coach signed he’s telling you in the pic above. Today in the latest Rick Pitino blog he updates us on the star class.

UofL-IU Postgame Pressers

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

 

Rick Pitino

Donovan Mitchell

Deng Adel

Anas Mahmoud

Louisville vs Indiana: Postgame Recap

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The Louisville Cardinals earned a much-needed bounce back win over the Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 77-62. The Cardinals smothered the high-powered Hoosiers and held them to 26 points below their season average.

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Louisville vs Indiana: Pregame Breakdown

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The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals will look to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers Saturday at 12:30 on CBS.

Indiana is led in scoring by guard James Blackmon Jr. at 17.9 PPG. Blackmon Jr. headlines the high scoring Hoosier lineup, as a team they average 88.4 PPG.

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UofL Basketball Vs Virginia Postgame Pressers

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Here are the press interviews after last nights disappointing loss to Virginia

 

Coach Rick Pitino

 

Tony Hicks

 

Jaylen Johnson

 

Mangok Mathiang

Louisville vs Virginia: Postgame Recap

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The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals continued their struggles against Virginia with a 61-53 loss to the No. 12 ranked Cavaliers tonight inside the Yum! Center. Like all Louisville vs Virginia games, Louisville looked lost and then appeared to find their groove but not before it was too late.

The Cards entered halftime down 15 points, outscored Virginia 32-25 in the second half and looked better but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first half deficit. No Cardinals scored in double-figures tonight, Snider 8, Adel 8, Hicks 8, Mitchell 7, King 6.

Thankfully for Louisville, they won’t face Virginia again until February 6th, which will hopefully allow for Rick Pitino to find some answers against the patented pack-line Virginia defense. Up next, the Cards face Indiana (also lost their conference home opener tonight to Nebraska) in Indianapolis on Saturday the 31st. That game will not be anything like the one we saw tonight.

Minor setback, Virginia may have lost some scoring off last year’s team, but they clearly did not lose their defensive edge, which has been the staple of all great Virginia teams. Coming off a win like last Wednesday’s, a letdown is possible but hopefully avoided. It was not avoided tonight. Look for the Cards to bounce back on Saturday against the Hoosiers.

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Virginia: Pregame Breakdown

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A week after the Cardinals big win over in-state rival Kentucky, the now No. 6 Louisville basketball team will host Virginia tonight at 7pm on ESPN2. As of now, Louisville is a 3-point favorite over the Cavaliers.

Virginia is a team best-known for their smothering half-court defense and low scoring games. Virginia lost many key players off last year’s team, they looked to reload with transfer Austin Nichols but he was dismissed from the team early this season. London Perrantes will be the biggest threat to Louisville tonight, he’s a pass/defend-first point guard who has given Louisville fits in their last few meetings. Still, their offense leaves a lot to be desired (69.8PPG). Both teams are top 5 in defensive efficiency (UVA 2, UL 4) so this game will more than likely be low scoring which plays into Virginia’s favor more often than not. Louisville will have to find offense in a defense dominated game in order to win tonight.

While Virginia’s defense is staggering (47.2 points allowed per game), their offense is lacking. Louisville is riding high after the win a week ago, that confidence is key going into this game. The first few shots might not fall, but the Cards find a way to win tonight by a final score of 68-60 with big performances from Deng Adel and Jaylen Johnson.

Go Cards!

UL-Uk Postgame Presser

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Photo: YouTube.com

 

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Quentin Snider

Deng Adel

Donovan Mitchell

Jaylen Johnson