The Louisville Men’s basketball team held their Senior Day before Thursday’s game against Virginia. The senior managers were honored along with seniors Quentin Snider and Anas Mahmoud.
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Q and Anas,
Your four years at the University of Louisville were probably not what you expected. They were not what we, the fans, expected. You two have weathered the heaviest of storms the city could bear with complete and utter grace – at least in the public eye. I could never say thank you enough times to do it justice.
Whenever things seemed to be at the darkest, the two of you managed to speak up and remind everyone that it will be okay. When Pitino left, there were so many questions about what the future would hold, what it would look like. The two of you stood in front of everyone and calmed everyone’s nerves and had the confidence that we all needed in that moment. You all reminded us all what UofL basketball was all about – family. So many of the problems that put the spotlight on the program had nothing to do with either of you. Nobody would have blamed you for being angry or upset but you never were. Neither of you played the “why me” card but just played ball instead. The leadership that you have provided over the last few years is untouchable. The calm, cool and collective attitudes that you hold both on and off the court is one of the things I will miss the most.
I know at the end of the day, it’s just basketball, but it always feels like more. It is my escape from the crazy world around us, it’s my connection with some of my favorite people and it is what allows me to be part of the UofL family. For forty minutes, I am in my own little world – a world you both are a part of. So thank you. Thank you for the cheers, the tears and most importantly all of the memories in between. Wherever that next step takes you, know that you have a forever fan in me.
The no. 4 Louisville Cardinals clinched the ACC Regular Season Championship with an 81 – 49 victory over the Pitt Panthers.
Undoubtedly, the Cardinals will enter the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, as it owns the tie breaker over Notre Dame. Louisville has not won a conference championship since 2001, in its Conference USA days. The Cardinals’ 15 – 1 league record matches its best all-time ACC record in 2015-2016. However, that season the Cardinals finished second in the conference heading into the ACC Tournament.
“It’s something we talked about, building a program and not just a team.” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said. “I think we have done that over 11 years. We’ve turned this into a nationally known program that’s going to be there year in and year out.”
The Cardinals were nearly unstoppable in the first period. Unlike its last few games, Louisville came out hot. The Cardinals knocked down nine field goals on eight assists, while shooting 64%.
Jazmine Jones and Sam Fuehring kicked things off for Louisville grabbing its first eight points. After going 0-of-2 in the first few minutes, Asia Durr finally connected on a triple. Durr’s first points of the game lead Louisville on an 8 – 0 run, which included another Asia triple and a bucket by Myisha Hines-Allen. The Cardinals took an early 16 – 6 lead over the Panthers and forced Pitt to burn a timeout with 4:40 remaining in the frame.
Louisville set the tone in the first five minutes, dishing out seven assists on seven made field goals and shooting 70%. The Cardinals finished the quarter with a 20 – 12 advantage.
Louisville, again, came out strong behind Hines-Allen and Durr, outscoring Pitt, 12 – 2, to a 32 – 14 lead. Louisville’s dynamic duo combined for 14 of the Cardinals 18 second period points.
However, Pitt began to chip away at the Cardinals’ lead getting out on a 6 – 0 run, while forcing five Louisville turnovers. The Panthers held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly four minutes. Pitt was able to bring the score within 16 points at the half, 38 – 22.
“We’re shooting about 60% from the field and then we have five turnovers right there in the last four minutes, five minutes of the second quarter,” Coach Walz said. “So I gave them the old math quiz, ‘if we get shots instead of turnovers, how many shots are we going to make if we’re shooting 60%’.”
He continued, “I tried to explain instead of being up 16, you’re up 22 just by getting shots instead of throwing the ball out of bounds and getting sloppy with it.”
Pitt attempted to build on the momentum it began to build before the half. The Panthers were able to hang with the Cardinals for the first five minutes of the second half, both teams collecting eight points into the media timeout. Out of the break, Pitt held Louisville without a field goal for nearly two and a half minutes and cut the Cardinals lead to 12.
But, Louisville responded finishing the third behind an 11 – 1 run to take a 61 – 39 lead.
“When they play with emotion like they did today, they are even more dangerous.” Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “We just didn’t have enough to battle with the intensity, the emotion they played with today.”
Louisville’s intensity was clear in the final period. The Cardinals outscored the Panthers 20 – 10 and closed the game behind a 10 – 0 run.
With the victory, on Hines-Allen’s senior day, the Cardinals finish the regular season 15 – 1 in conference play and 29 – 2 overall.
“This is the hardest that I’ve pushed a team in the regular season,” Coach Walz told the media. “Once we came out here and we beat Notre Dame here at home, everything was in front of us. I pushed them hard and they have responded.”
The Cardinals had three players notch double-figures: Asia Durr led all scorers with 20 points and six assists. Myisha Hines-Allen played with emotion on her senior day, earning her 43rd career double-double on 18 points – on 58% shooting – and 16 rebounds. The senior also dished out four assists. Junior Sam Fuehring grabbed her fourth career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Panthers, two players collected double-digits: Yacine Diop paced Pitt with 18 points, while Jasmine Whitney added 16 points.
The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals head out to Greensboro, North Carolina for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Cardinals will face the winner of Game 5 between # 8 Syracuse and # 9 Virginia Tech on Friday, March 2nd at 2 PM.
Will Padgett wear a white suit?
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Special Events Scheduled for Upcoming UofL Men’s Basketball Games
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honoring two past University of Louisville accomplished 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.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of UofL’s 1948 NAIB National Championship and the 35th anniversary of UofL’s 1982-83 NCAA Final Four team. The Cardinals will honor both great teams by wearing adidas throwback uniforms with features similar to the 1983 team when UofL plays Syracuse on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.
UofL captured the 1948 NAIB National Championship in its early years in the national organization which was the forerunner to what is now the NAIA. Bernard “Peck” Hickman’s Louisville team beat a John Wooden coached Indiana State team 82-70 in the title game played in Kansas City. The Cardinals posted a 29-6 record that season and were led by junior center Jack Coleman (12.1 ppg), who scored 1,114 points in his three seasons at UofL. Louisville is the only school in the nation to have won national championships in the NCAA, NIT and NAIB (now NAIA).
The Cardinals’ 1982-83 NCAA Final Four team posted a 32-4 record, won the Metro Conference title with a perfect 12-0 mark, and won its last 16 straight games before falling to Houston in the NCAA national semifinals. Guided by Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum, the team featured four future 1,000-point career scorers in guard Milt Wagner, the team’s leading scorer (14.4 ppg) and the Cards’ No. 6 all-time scorer (1,836 pts.); guard Lancaster Gordon, who is No. 15 among career scorers at UofL (1,614 pts.) and is fourth in career steals (192); center Charles Jones (1,124 career points), who is third in career blocked shots at UofL (208); and Rodney McCray, one of only five Cardinals with both 1,000 career points (1,247) and rebounds (1,029), who earned Metro Conference Player of the Year honors in 1983.
UofL will play its final home game in February with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face North Carolina in the KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 17. Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 8 p.m. game. Louisville has won seven of its previous 11 games with “White Out” promotions, including knocking off four ranked opponents in those games when the arena was a bright white.
The annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game is set for March 1 at 8 p.m. when the Cardinals face Virginia in the final home game of the season. Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear red attire for that Senior Day event. Louisville has won 15 of its last 16 Senior Day games, including last year’s 71-64 victory over No. 19 Notre Dame as Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals with 20 points.
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Need something to do while the family drama unfolds during the holidays? Our friends at the ACC Digital Network have put together a condensed version of the Senior Night game against Syracuse.
The Cards will be in all Red for senior day vs Syracuse on Saturday. Be sure to be in your seats early to honor our seniors.
Short answer - Yes, Yes, No and Hope So.
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On Saturday, we will honor our senior class that has won 32 games over a four-year span and will make its fourth-straight appearance in a bowl game. The game against Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is set for a 3:30 kick off and the seniors will be honored prior to the game. Louisville officially announced that a total of 14 seniors will walk on to their home field for the final time as a player. I hope that every fan gets in their seat early to show their appreciation for these student athletes. Also, during the game, former University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors will become the 23rd football player to have his jersey honored.
Football Seniors Ready for Farewell at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
The Cardinals’ 14-member senior class will be honored before Saturday’s kickoff.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In what is sure to be an emotional time, the University of Louisville football team will honor its senior class before prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Syracuse at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
A total of 14 seniors will walk on to their home field for the final time in their careers, which has been filled with many fine moments and accomplishments.
“It’s kind of overwhelming,” senior tight end Charles Standberry said following Tuesday’s practice. “These four years really flew past and I didn’t expect it to go this fast, but I’m very excited. I want to go out there and leave it all on the field.”
For senior running back Reggie Bonnafon, a Louisville, Ky., native, the emotions will be wide-ranging. He played at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium growing up, playing little league football and for local powerhouse Trinity High, so his feelings are a little different than the other seniors on the team.
It was announced today that the final home game of the 2017 season will kick off at 3:30 PM. The game is against Syracuse and the television slot is still being finalized. Clear your schedules and make sure you make it out to support this outstanding senior class.
After suffering their first loss to an unranked opponent, No. 8 Louisville will look to cool down the red-hot Fighting Irish today at home in the Yum! Center. No. 19 Notre Dame has won 6 straight heading into today’s contest and won the first meeting between these two teams in South Bend earlier in the season. Louisville is coming off a tough road loss to Wake Forest and needs a victory today to secure a double-bye in the ACC tournament. The game tips off at 2pm and can be seen on CBS.
In case you missed it, UofL has announced that this Saturday’s senior day game against Notre Dame is officially a Red Out. Plan your wardrobes accordingly.
Here is the video of the Senior Day festivities for the Men’s team for those of you that didn’t get to see it or want to see it again. Enjoy!
Here’s the Women’s:
*Video Courtesy of UofL
I am sitting here after a long days work and as always I can’t sleep. Seeing that Senior Day is coming up on Saturday I thought to myself, wonder what Memphians think about our upcoming rivalry game Saturday. For as long as I can remember, Memphis has been our rival through many, many years and many conferences. The rivalry hasn’t been action packed with memories though. Lavell Boyd’s impossible catch from Chris Redman as time elapsed is the only standout memory for me. (video below) To me the rivalry was always special. I wonder if they feel the same way.
The only way I knew to see how they felt was to wander over to the old message boards. I mean we are 23.5 point favorites Saturday at noon over the 3-6 Memphis Tigers. Normally when we are that big of a favorite the fan bases talk a lot of crap. We are 0-3 on Senior Day under Charlie Strong by a combined 13 points; do they have false hope? So I wandered on over to the Memphis message boards to see what was going on. Here’s a few comments:
The post was titled…….Bowl Eligible…..I swear!
fatherof25: With 3 games left, we must win out to get bowl eligible. We would have to upset Louisville but after that game we have 2 very winnable games against UConn (0 wins) and Temple (1 win). My guess is we get it. What are your predictions.
First off, congrats…..screen name says it all. You must be exhausted
TOGC: As much as I’d love to see us beat our rivals Louisville, I doubt it’s going to happen. We’ll probably lose that one and win the last two. Still, 5 wins is an improvement over last season, especially considering that the AAC has been proven tougher than the old C-USA.
I would agree with that. Even though a lot of people have trashed this conference it ended up being a lot better than most thought
fatherof25: Yea that is the most likely scenario but I’m holding on to the fact that we play to the level of our competition. Look at them Ucf game. If it wasn’t for some bad luck in the last few minutes that’s a win. So while losing to Louisville is likely, you can’t count us out. BTW anyone going to the game?
Seems Very respectful, very level headed so far…….still can’t get over the 25….
TigerNMunford: I am one of the biggest Tiger fans around and if I had seen massive improvements in the offense then I would say we have a good shot against Loserville but I don’t think we have enough to get over that hump at their house. Not saying impossible but an extremely low probability at this point. Defense continues to impress but we are going to need points. I was there that night they flew their BE flag and we creamed them. I won’t give up hope but am glad to see how close we came. MTSU or UCF and we could be in a bowl. Heck, take away all the turnovers and we played Houston as well as everyone else. Win at least the 2 winnable games and give the Crudinals all we can. Team has improved, expectations will be higher next year. All in all, this was better than I expected based on the preseason. Competitive and most folks know they were in a game. More good times to come!
Ahhhh there’s the Loserville reference…..
bleedtigerblue: They need two more recruiting classes, according to the HC. Hope the coaches can find the underrated players like some other teams seem to do. Evaluation and recruiting is Job1. Thay said, we seem to overachieive when playing ranked rival teams in November, just ask Peyton Manning.
Now that’s just a little Overzealous…..and Who’s Thay? Is that Memphis’s war cry like the Saints or the Bengals….
Tiger3760: When is the last time we played more then one ranked team in a year? Three are ranked now. We were robbed at MTSU, and after watching that kid’s catch for UCF this weekend and how they beat us, I think they are a team of destiny this year. The SMU game was a stinker, but the defense almost pulled it out. Recruiting is going well, and the freshmen are starting to contribute. IMO, the future is very bright.
Agree with UCF being a team of destiny this year, recruiting isn’t going well, future isn’t bright..
Only footage of “The Catch” I could find was in this Highlight reel of Lavell’s. Watch it all or go to the 8:09 mark. Sometimes I think because he really only got to play for 1 and a half seasons how great and clutch he really was. #L1C4