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Friends Of The Ville: A Letter From Rick Pitino

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The following is a candid update letter, regarding the NCAA’s ruling, from Rick Pitino to members of “Friends of the Ville”, a philanthropy group managed by the university.

“June 21, 2017

Dear Friends of the Ville

I am writing to you as close supporters and Friends of the Ville members. You are special to me and I realize you have endured a lot over the last two years. When the news first came out in 2015, it sunk my emotions to the lowest point anyone could possibly imagine. I write this letter to tell you and encourage you to keep your spirits high.

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Russ Smith Shares His Thoughts About UofL’s Punishment

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Earlier today on Twitter, Russ Smith became another one of the former UofL players to offer his thoughts on the NCAA’s harsh sanctions imposed on the University of Louisville.

He took to Twitter to talk about those who have actively cheered for UofL’s downfall. Read below:

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Pitino Says They Will Win Multiple Championships And Appeal NCAA Rulings (Video)

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Coach Rick Pitino ended today’s press conference saying that they will play in multiple final fours and win multiple championships before he is done at Louisville. He also said they will appeal the NCAA’s ruling. Watch the video below…. Read the rest of this entry

Cards Could Potentially Add 5 Star Bowen

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It was discovered on Tuesday evening that Louisville hosted 5 Star SF Brian Bowen on a campus visit. Bowen, a McDonald’s All-American, was thought by many to be a solid Michigan State lean but after the return of Miles Bridges who opted to not enter the NBA draft deadline, it appears he is still searching for a school to land his services.

Louisville would join a list of schools trying to sign Bowen. So far he holds offers from such schools as Arizona, Michigan State, NC State, Texas, and UCLA just to name a few.  The SF position at Louisville is pretty stacked with the return of  Deng Adel and V.J. King although Pitino has hinted he will primarily use Adel as a shooting guard.  Add Dwayne Sutton to the mix and you have some nice depth at the 3 spot.

We here at CSZ will be keeping a close eye on this story.  Louisville is already a projected top 10 team next season and this would do nothing but bolster that claim.  “Crootin” remains a funny business. …

Coach P Drains Threes, Former Players Comment (Roast)

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We all know that Rick Pitino is amazing coach, after all, he is a Hall of Famer for a reason. Even though he probably has knees that would make Greg Oden and Derrick Rose envious, Coach Pitino showed us all that he has the mamba mentality on the court as well, and isn’t afraid to pull up a shot right in your face and make you look silly.

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Rick Pitino To Play Basketball In The Masters 55+ Division

 

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Photo: ESPN.com

For the past few years I have heard many stories about how well Rick Pitino can still shoot the ball. While I have yet to witness it, many of his players will attest that he’s a pretty shooter, especially from the free throw line.  Read the rest of this entry

The Overreaction Of Louisville Twitter

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It sucks…….we know.  You know, I know, CardNation knows.

While we all wished Donovan Mitchell luck and will cheer like hell when his name is called next month in the NBA draft, part of us now only have to wonder what could have been had he returned. But he isn’t and all we have is great memories and insane one handed dunk highlights.

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Jay Henderson To Transfer

 

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Another week, another transfer.   Following in the footsteps of Tyler Sharpe and Matz Stockman we now learn that walk-on Jay Henderson also intends to transfer from the Louisville Men’s basketball team.   Henderson originally came to Louisville after transferring from St. John’s.

Jay saw the floor sparingly only playing 2.1 minutes per game. However, he was constantly cheering on his teammates and still holds the title for the most glorious head of hair on the team.  We here at CSZ wish him the best wherever he lands.  Always a Card!

Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer

Freshman walk-on and former Bullitt East star Tyler Sharpe intends to transfer. He appeared in only 7 games this season scoring only 2 points.

With a loaded class coming that features Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora and the addition of Dwayne Sutton it would seem Sharpe would find playing time to be scarce next season. We here at CSZ wish Tyler the best wherever he lands. Always a Card!!

 

UCONN Transfer Picks Louisville

EnochSteven Enoch has confirmed reports that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his playing career.  At 6’11 Enoch will be counted on to help at the 4 or 5 spot for the Cards.  He will be forced to sit under NCAA rules next season but will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

A former 4 star prospect out of high school, Enoch averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds with the Huskies last season. He typically saw 12 minutes of play per game.  We here at Cardinal Sports Zone welcome Steven to the Ville!!!!

 

UofL NCAA Opening Round Vs Jacksonville State

 

Here is the press conference from after today’s 78-63 victory over Jacksonville State.

Louisville Vs Notre Dame Post Game Pressers

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Here are the Pressers from after the Louisville-ND game.

Rick Pitino

 

Mangok Mathiang

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

Hello Brooklyn

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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.

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Rick Pitino Named Semifinalist For Naismith Coach Of The Year

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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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Louisville Vs Syracuse Postgame Pressers

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Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Quentin Snider

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Anas Mahmoud

Louisville vs Syracuse: Pregame Breakdown

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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.

Go Cards!

Louisville at North Carolina: Pregame Breakdown

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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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UofL-Virginia Tech Postgame Pressers

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No real reason for the picture, just wanted sweats a lot in the post. I thought I sweat a lot. You are the sweat king. Here are the Pressers:

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Quentin Snider

 

Ryan McMahon

 

Louisville vs Virginia Tech: Pregame Breakdown

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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.

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Louisville at Syracuse: Pregame Breakdown

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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.

Go Cards!