How to Watch: Kickoff at 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Spread: Louisville -13 (Bovada)
Last Time: It was a historic performance for the entire Louisville offense, as #13 Louisville roared to a 62-28 win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. The Cards scored touchdowns on three of their first five offensive plays, and set a school-record with 845 total yards of offense. Lamar Jackson led the way with an ACC-record 610 total yards (411 passing, 199 rushing), including the highlight-reel hurdling touchdown that arguably gave him his first of many Heisman moments in 2016.
Louisville leads the all-time series 9-6.
Last Time: After trailing 10-7 to end the first quarter, Louisville rallied to score 34 unanswered in the following three quarters to blow out the Orange 41-17. Kyle Bolin netted a season high 362 yards and three touchdowns, and Trumaine Washington had a 39 yard interception return for a touchdown to start the scoring spree for Louisville.
With the win, Louisville holds the all-time series lead 8-7.
This Time: Both teams enter tonight 1-0, and looking to get an early leg up in conference play.
About the Syracuse Orange
After a largely unsuccessful three-year run with Scott Shafer, Syracuse hired Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers to try to revive Syracuse football. Babers led FCS Eastern Illinois to deep runs in the playoffs, and then brought Bowling Green to back-to-back MAC championships, winning last season before moving to upstate New York.
After dropping their two road games last week to Duke and Notre Dame, the Cards will look to bounce back tonight at home against a hot Syracuse team at 7 on ESPN. Syracuse (18-8), winners of eight of their last nine, is looking to build on their tournament rumé tonight with a road win against a ranked opponent. Louisville (19-6) dropped to 18 in this week’s AP Poll and looks to snap a two-game losing streak.
Despite losing big man Anas Mahmoud for the season, the Cards enter tonight favored by 7.5 points over the visiting Orange. The always fun part about this game is the competition between two of the greatest coaches in college basketball history. Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino always seem to compete against each other in memorable games. My prediction is Louisville pulls away at home behind Damion Lee and a big night by Donovan Mitchell for a final score of 78-68.
Bobby Petrino, Trumaine Washington, and Brandon Radcliff met with the media on Monday to talk about the Syracuse game and preview this weekend’s game against Virginia. Washington was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week and Radcliff had his best game of the season on Saturday, or at least his best since the Auburn game.
Felt good to see the Cards put up 41 points yesterday! Highlights of the game below…
Don’t have a lot of time right now? UofL has you covered with this quick 90 second preview of the Syracuse Orange! Kickoff is at 12:30 this afternoon.
BOBBY PETRINO: We had a nice win last week against Wake Forest on the road. It was hard fought. I think Wake played very well and our defense had a great game. We worked hard on practice, looking forward to the game Saturday.
Q. I was wanting to get an injury update on the guys injured on Monday, Lamar, Rankins, Bonnafon, Tyler, Dee Smith, anybody that has been banged up?
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Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee and running back L.J. Scott met with the media after practice on Tuesday and previewed this weekend’s game against Syracuse.
Bobby Petrino and wide receiver Jamari Staples met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the win at Wake Forest and talk about this Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
Crazy to think it has already been 5 years since the final Louisville game at Freedom Hall. I don’t care how nice the KFC Yum! Center is, I always miss going to games at Freedom Hall. There will never be anything like it. I was in the big minority of people that didn’t even want a new arena. Obviously, the Yum is a much nicer facility, but Freedom Hall will always be special to me. And I think it’s obvious where the better atmosphere was!
The day set up perfectly. Louisville was a bubble team and needed a big win to get into the NCAA Tournament. How about the #1 team in the country coming to town? Would that be a good enough win? It absolutely would. Bring on the Syracuse Orange, who the Cards have made a great little history with over the last few years.
With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.
There are 6 ACC games on the schedule today. The Cards will host Miami and try to end their two game losing streak. They are still fighting to get one of those top 4 spots in the conference and earn a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
You know, we played well. I thought Quentin Snider played outstanding. It wasn’t his play, it was Wayne Blackshear not getting in foul trouble. We had to go substitute out of weakness rather than strength. But I thought we moved the ball great in the first half, did a lot of really good things. We missed a lot of shots that would have kept us in the game in the second half, wide-open, we had two in the corner.
But what’s stopping us from being a very good basketball team is the last three years we’ve been one of the most feared defensive teams in the nation, with steals, turnovers, and we’ve just been void of both. I’m going to put out there on Kenny (Klein’s) web site to try and motivate our guys — who’s getting the deflections. Again, we’re falling short of it, so I’m using you to motivate my players.
Nevermind the freezing temperatures outside. If you get on social media, the world seems to be ending and it has nothing to do with weather. It has everything to do with Louisville losing their second basketball game in a row. This game had plenty of storylines if you are a Cards fan, from a suspended point guard to a senior not exactly stuffing the stat sheet. Here are just some of my quick hitting thoughts after the 69-59 loss at Syracuse. I won’t try to paint a National Championship picture, but I also won’t act like we should give up the sport for good after this season. This will just be honest opinions from yours truly, a fellow fan of the Cards.
Chris Jones did it to himself
Coach Pitino comes on around 1:40:30 of the teleconference.
Well it’s (the snow) pretty bad for Louisville, KY. The only way we get rid of snow here is the sun coming out so we don’t handle it as well as Syracuse, where we’re heading. We know Syracuse has always been a tough place to play for anybody. They’re playing extremely competitively right now. Three of their players are averaging 38 or 39 minutes right now. So their best players are on the court, and we have to be ready for a very active 2-3 zone.
The Cards are off this Saturday because of their game next Thursday against Florida State. There are still some other good games this weekend to pay attention to in the ACC division races. The Coastal is obviously all jumbled up as 1 game separates all 7 teams. Boston College needs to get back to their winning ways, so hosting Wake Forest should help that. Can Virginia get back on track against UNC and show that the first half of the season wasn’t a fluke?
And it will be good to see if Clemson can go on the road and play in a loud environment…
Week 8 for the ACC got started on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 21-16 in a Coastal matchup. Obviously, the biggest game involving an ACC team is not a conference game, and that is Florida State vs Notre Dame. Other than that, there are still some good games that should put some separation between teams in the conference. Here is the schedule, followed by the standings.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.