The Louisville Cardinals host the Eastern Kentucky Colonels today at 12pm in the Billy Minardi Classic. The Colonels (6-5) enter this game after losing their last outing against Ball State in OT. Before that, they had won 4 games in a row, including a big win by 19 points over in-state rival Western Kentucky.
The Colonels are led by 6′-9″ sophomore forward Nick Mayo who averages 19.3 PPG on the season. If the Cards can slow him down, the No. 11 team shouldn’t have much trouble at home today. EKU impressively puts up 80.2 PPG but gives up 79.5 PPG, so while their offense may be clicking at times, their defense isn’t anything to write home about.
This is the last chance for Louisville to experiment with lineups, sets, and defenses before the thick of their schedule. After today’s game, the Cards host UK on Wednesday. It’s important Louisville handles business today and looks impressive doing it, opponent aside this team needs to come out confident and look like a top-10 team if they’re going to beat one in a few days. I think the Cards roll today behind big performances from Donovan Mitchell and VJ King which help Louisville to a win with the final score reading 87-59.
Normally this story would excite us a lot more but alas we have a football powerhouse on our hands. Today ACC Men’s Basketball released the Blue Ribbon Pre Season top 25 list on their site. Spoiler alert: there are a bunch of ACC teams. Click below for the entire list.
The day after the 2016 National Championship was decided, all of the experts posted their “too early” rankings (which you can find here). They were mostly contingent upon Nanu’s return. Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Chinanu Onuaku kept his name in the 2016 NBA Draft. That brings us to today where a few of the sites have now updated their top 25 rankings since yesterday was the deadline. Here are Ken Pomeroy & CBS Sports lists.
Bruce Feldman has released his previous season top 25 and it has one of the Cards highest rankings of the season.
It’s the time of the year that Spring practice is in the air and more ridiculously early top 25 Football polls come out. It’s the norm and I love it. All the polls point towards the University of Louisville having a top 25 season. Perhaps the most generous of all have been the fine folks at the Bleacher Report. The same fine people who stole my LefBroe away. No I haven’t gotten over that yet. I digress. Here is a little bit of what they had to say about Louisville:
Louisville didn’t spend any time in the national polls last year, not after starting 0-3 and sitting at 2-4 midway through the season. But a 6-1 finish, fueled by the electric yet erratic play of freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson, has the Cardinals heading into 2016 as one of the hottest teams in the country.
The Louisville Softball team is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. This is the first time since February of 2014 that the Cards made the top 25 when they were ranked 23rd. They appeared in the top 25 for 33 straight weeks from the beginning of the 2012 season to the beginning of the 2014 season.
The latest Top 25 from Baseball America was released today. Many were intrigued to see where the Louisville Cardinals dropped to after a 1-2 weekend vs now #13 ranked Ole Miss. Quite a jump for the rebels and well deserved. The ACC has a whopping 7 teams ranked in the top 25 this week led by your Cards:
That is the closest you will ever see me get to putting up anything with the word kentucky when referencing the basketball team. I despise them with all that I am but I also won’t sit here and slander them. Unlike some in this city, I really am not cut like that. (Sorry Charlie) I got on Twitter this morning and tried to tell the uk fan friends I had not to worry and the UL fan friends I had not to gloat because uk would still be in the Top 25 today and they would sit at 25:
There’s proof. But you say…Jeremy you hate uk, why would you say that? It’s just this simple. There are only about 23-25 quality teams in the country this year and everyone else lost also this week. The gap between 26 and 27 is huge. Almost as big as the gap between 5 and 6 in the AAC. Don’t believe me, here are the stats for the lowest ranked team in the country every week this season:
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK|
|13||San Diego State||23-3||452||0||7|
|24||Southern Methodist Univ.||22-6||57||0||NR|
|Schools Dropped Out|
|No. 21 Connecticut, No. 22 Gonzaga, No. 25 UCLA.|
|Others Receiving Votes|
|Connecticut 47; New Mexico 45; UCLA 15; Massachusetts 9; Kansas State 9; Stephen F. Austin 5; Pittsburgh 4; Gonzaga 3; Baylor 1; Nebraska 1; Middle Tennessee 1;Wisconsin-Green Bay 1.|
The Louisville baseball team earned a pair of preseason top 20 rankings on Monday as Perfect Game slotted the Cardinals at No. 16 and Baseball America ranked them at No. 20.
Overall, Louisville is ranked in the top 20 in each of the first three preseason national polls, including a No. 8 ranking by Collegiate Baseball newspaper last month. The Cardinals have earned preseason top 25 rankings in seven straight seasons under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell.
Tickets will be available for purchase at Cardinal Park prior to the match or in advance through the UofL Ticket Office by calling (502) 852-0120 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Live video of the match will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com, while live scoring will be provided through the Gametracker feature on the men’s soccer schedule page at GoCards.com.
The Cardinals clinched a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular season title and improved to 10-3-2 overall with a 2-1 win at Memphis on Saturday night. Saint Louis enters the week at 9-3-2 overall following a 2-0 home win at Duquesne on Sunday. Last season, the Billikens were 16-5-0 overall winning the A-10 title before falling in the second round of the NCAA Championship to Fairleigh Dickinson.
Up Next for Louisville
Following Thursday’s match, Louisville closes the regular season by hosting USF in the American Athletic Conference finale for both squads. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., ET as the Cardinals look to clinch sole possession of the regular season conference title.
The University of Louisville women’s soccer team jumped into the Top 25 rankings for the first time this season. The Cardinals are ranked 24th in the Soccer America Poll and No. 25 in the Top Drawer Soccer Poll. The Cardinals were last ranked in September of 2012.
Louisville secured the No.2 seed and a first round bye in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Cardinals will host the quarterfinal round on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Cardinal Park. Louisville will play the winner of the opening round matchup played between No. 7 seed Memphis (11-7-0, 4-5-0 American) and No. 10 seed Houston (1-11-3, 0-9-0 American) on Friday, Nov. 1 in Cardinal Park at 7:00 p.m.
The Cardinals (12-4-1, 8-1-0 American) finished second in the regular-season standings behind UCF. Louisville secured their spot following a 5-4 overtime thriller over Cincinnati on Friday. Heading into the Championship, senior midfielder Charlyn Corral is The American’s individual points leader, tied for first in the league with 13 goals and standing alone at the top with 36 points, averaging 2.12 per game.
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