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UofL-Virginia Tech Postgame Pressers

Photo: Syracuse.com

Photo: Syracuse.com

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

 

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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!

Rick Pitino Celebrates 4 Point Play

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We had a tough battle Saturday and there very few bright spots. One that pumped me up the most was coach Rick Pitino getting hype once UL took control of the game. My guy Troy Turbeville @tville73 put together a clip & shared it with everyone. I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy.

Louisville vs Miami Postgame Pressers

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

 

Head Coach Rick Pitino

 

Donovan Mitchell

 

Deng Adel

 

Quentin Snider

 

Go Cards!

Louisville vs Miami: Pregame Breakdown

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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.

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Nunnsense: 3 Losses That Prove Louisville Is Final Four Worthy

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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

A Tale Of Two Cultures

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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.

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Louisville at Virginia: Pregame Breakdown

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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.

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Louisville At Boston College: Postgame Recap

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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.

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Nunnsense: Pitino’s Possible Punishment

 

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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

Louisville Basketball: Shining Through the Shade

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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.

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NCST Vs UL Highlights & Pressers

(Photo9 Cred: Jeff Greer)

(Photo9 Cred: Jeff Greer)

 

Here are the highlights and Pressers after todays 85-60 win over NCST.

 

Highlights:

Coach Rick Pitino

Donovan Mitchell

 

Deng Adel

 

 

Jaylen Johnson

Louisville vs NC State: Postgame Recap

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

The No. 13 Louisville Cardinals took care of business today by handling the NC State Wolfpack a 25-point loss with a final score of 85-60.

Louisville took the lead 11-9 with 16:35 left in the 1st half and never looked back. Donovan Mitchell led the Cards in scoring with 28 points, rebounds with 8, and assists with 5. Mangok Mathiang continued his impressive play off the bench with 14 points. Deng Adel added 10 points and VJ King chipped in 9 points to go along with 7 rebounds.

It was an all-around impressive effort from the Cards today. They held Dennis Smith Jr. to 8 points (11.6 below his season average of 19.6 PPG). They moved the ball well, hounded the Wolfpack on defense, and asserted their dominance.

In a week of upsets and wild finishes, the Cards went 2-0 with wins by 55 and 25 points. With all the teams up top that lost this week, the Cards could make an appearance in the top-5 when the new rankings are released.

Up next, Louisville travels to Boston College for a 3pm game on Saturday, the game can be seen on the ACC Network.

Go Cards! 

Louisville vs NC State: Pregame Breakdown

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After the 55-point record-setting dismantling of Pittsburgh on the road Tuesday, the No. 13 Louisville Cardinals return home to welcome the Wolfpack and star player Dennis Smith Jr. today at 1pm in the Yum! Center, the game can be seen on the ACC Network. Louisville is currently a 13.5-point favorite over the Wolfpack.

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Tony Hicks Out 6-8 Weeks With Injury

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Credit: UofL

Louisville guard Tony Hicks has been diagnosed with a fractured fourth metacarpal and will be out six to eight weeks, according to U of L’s statement.

Hicks suffered the injury while fighting for a loose ball in the first half against Pitt last night. Hicks finished the game with ten points and four assists in the 106-51 victory, two days after posting a season high 16 points at Florida State. The 6-8 week timeline puts Hicks in position to possibly return during postseason play, with the graduate transfer seeking his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

This also marks the second injury suffered in the last two weeks for the Cardinals, with point guard Quentin Snider still recovering from a strained hip flexor. Snider was expected to be out 2-3 weeks from his diagnosis last week, but it is unknown whether he will return for Sunday’s Whiteout game against NC State.

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.