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UofL has endured losing a banner and a coach. It has endured a tumultuous season with arguably more downs than ups. Even though he no longer wears a UofL uniform, Donovan Mitchell has provided the university and the city with a little light in a sea of darkness.
Journalist Eric Woodyard traveled to Louisville to see the unique connection Donovan Mitchell has to his college town. He talked with UofL students, UofL fans, and current players Ryan McMahon and Deng Adel to see what impact Donovan’s electric rookie year has had on them.
This UofL basketball season has been, well, disappointing. It was a letdown before practice even started. We lost a coach, an Athletic Director, and our sanity. Our team of great young men were forced to endure more mega media attention and questions about scandals they had no part in. People pelted them with cheap insults and petty taunts.
This team has talent yet it seems they can’t find a way to mesh it together to work properly and consistently. I think it’s a byproduct of scandal fatigue for the team. We fans have it and it’s obvious the players do. Nearly all of the Cards issues are mental. It’s as if they think too much and are slow to react on the floor. So many mental lapses led to the only consistency being inconsistency.
Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 102-59 victory over Bryant University. Anas continues to string together good games. Tonight he put up 17 points, 9 rebounds & 3 blocks. Quentin scored 17, Adel 17, Thomas 10 pts/7 reb & 11 pts/9 reb by Ray Spalding. 5 Cards overall reached double digits in scoring and 4 players had 6 or more rebounds. They out-rebounded Bryant overall 46-29.
Here’s Louisville Head Coach David Padgett:
Here are the highlights and pressers from after today’s much needed 71-62 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Anas came through with another strong game today and Ray Spalding appears to be slowly shifting into the player we all thought he would be coming into this year. He scored 10 points and added 14 rebounds.
Here’s Louisville Head coach David Padgett
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Last night was a return to normalcy for cardinal Basketball and fans alike. With an expected attendance of 4,000 fans, once again we did not let them down. About 7,000 people showed up to watch the first Red-White Scrimmage of the season. Coach Padgett was very appreciative. “The ovation I received at the beginning of the scrimmage was extremely humbling” he said at the post game presser. The pre-game intros were high energy as you could tell Card Nation was ready to put the past in the past. The actual game was very entertaining highlighted by a pair of dunks on Anas, one by Deng & one by Jo Griffin. Oof. The Red team pulled away with a 94-80 victory over the white team despite the efforts of Gerald cheering the Red team on. For the Red team Deng Adel went for 32 points and 13 rebounds and Ray added 22 points and 16 boards of his own. “If Deng, Ray, Malik and that Frontcourt can rebound like that during the regular season, we are gonna be in good shape” said Padgett. For the White team VJ scored 30 but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 9 times. Malik had 17 rebounds and Jordan Nwora added 18 points off of 50% shooting including 4-6 from 3 pt land. Overall it was a great night and you can tell that this is a high energy group who can score. Buckle up CardNation, it’s gonna be a fun ride this season. We need and deserve a fun one too. Oh yeah, Jeff Nunn took a lot of great pics, check them out!
Once again we have a report from practice from the anonymous Mr. L. I promise you all it’s not me. As we head towards tonight’s first Red-White game of the 2017-18 season, here are some things from practice this week to look forward to.
Q – becoming more vocal and a very good leader. Playing well and is a complete floor general. Shooting very well also, and has improved his quickness and defense a bit.
Deng – Best nba prospect on the team according to a lot of folks at Pro day. Very good 2-way player on both sides and will be a game changer for the Cards. Attacking on offense!
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
If you say you called Louisville winning in a blowout tonight, you’d be correct. If you said Louisville would beat Pittsburgh on the road by 55 points, you’d be lying.
No one could have foreseen tonight’s outcome. Louisville has had their way with Pittsburgh for the 10th time in a row after tonight’s win. But tonight, the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh in a way they had NEVER done before. Without their starting point guard, Quentin Snider, Louisville put together its best team performance of the season, on the road against a solid Pittsburgh team. The Cards shot 58% from the field, 54.5% from 3-point range (12-22), assisted on 24 of the 39 made shots, allowed only 13 made field goals on 51 attempts, and most impressively outrebounded Pittsburgh 48-26 en route to a 106 to 51 thumping of Pittsburgh on their home court.
For those if you thirsting for basketball, last night’s Red-White Scrimmage was sure to wet your whistle. I did not get to attend but got the run down after from Steve. Here’s what I learned. Hicks has no fear. McMahon can hit with/without defenders. Matz was Matz. Here are the videos from the press conference afterwards.
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium set an attendance record with 55,632 people watching Louisville defeat 2nd ranked Florida State on Saturday September 17th. Even though it was the largest crowd ever, there was one person not in attendance. 7-year old Bryson Betts is a huge Cardinal fan but wasn’t able to witness history because he was resting in his hospital bed after approximately 8 hours of brain surgery. Read the rest of this entry
If you have ever watched a Crums Revenge video you know it can get you in your feelings, make a grown man cry or have you so excited you about pee your pants. Wait, just me on the last on? Carry on. If you have NEVER watched a Crums Revenge video it is probably one of the following reasons:
- You hate kids & love to kick puppies
- You are a uk fan
- You didn’t have a strong adult figure growing up
- Maybe you have just never seen one.
Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…
These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.
If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.
We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Louisville Cardinals appear to be one of the teams that will be playing in the Battle for Atlantis in the 2016-17 season.
That is a great start to the field that will battle it out in the Bahamas. The first thing that sticks out to me is a possible matchup against Michigan State. As you know, the Cards will play the Spartans this coming season in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. So there is a chance that they could meet for the third consecutive year in the Battle for Atlantis.
The University of Louisville has announced that guard Ryan McMahon has officially signed and will be a member of the basketball team for the 2014-15 season. McMahon joins Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Trey Lewis as new members of the team. Lewis is a graduate transfer that will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Rick Pitino released a statement about McMahon, saying that he will likely redshirt.
The future Louisville Cardinals played on the White team on Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall. The team did not get the win, but the future Cards certainly did their part. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 steals. Deng Adel also had a very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Check out the rest of the box score below.
Here is a video from Friday night’s events at New Albany High School. Before tonight’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic, there is the Night of the Future Stars with a dunk contest, three point contest, and more competitions. The finals for the dunk and three point contests will be tonight at Freedom Hall at halftime of the game. Both events will have a future Louisville Cardinal in them.
Donovan Mitchell will be in the finals of the dunk contest along with Justin Simon (Arizona) and Danjel Purifoy (Auburn). Ryan McMahon will be in the finals of the three point contest with Matt Ryan (Notre Dame), Brandon Sampson (St. John’s), and Diamond Stone (Maryland).
This first video pretty much summarizes all of it for the future Cards. It is from TheCardinalsBeak.com.