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How Louisville Is Being Ranked Since Onuaku Left

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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.

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Jaquan Lyle’s Reaction To Alleged Game

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***UPDATE: Stay tuned for update on this matter***

Although there were much speculation on UofL’s opponent for the ACC-Big10 challenge, the mystery is over.

Jaquan Lyle didn’t seem too happy either

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VJ King Senior Year Mixtape

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Here is yet another reason to get excited for next year at the University of Louisville! VJ King will be a difference maker. Here is his Senior year mixtape that the fine folks at makeplayz.com! Enjoy!

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Rick Pitino Update

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AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

 

It has been a roller-coaster season for the fans of the University of Louisville Basketball team. It has been even more up and down for fans of Coach Rick Pitino. I was told the day the post season ban was levied that Coach P was done. 2 weeks ago I was told Ramsey would be overthrown and he would stay. Then just last week I was told he was gone again. I know what you are saying. You need new sources. Hear me out. My guy that has the info on this particular situation is never wrong. He may waiver during the process but he always comes through. Late this afternoon he told me new info would be coming out tonight that I would like. I instantly thought, here we go again.

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Thank You Damion Lee (VIDEO)

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Foreword by Jeremy: Damion Lee came to Louisville with the hopes of a NCAA tournament appearance. He leaves with out one due to circumstances beyond his control. Coach P got him and Trey in the Senior game early, got them very nice rings and there was even a painting made of them. We could do 1000 things and it would never be enough. Thanks to both of you for coming to Louisville and making this unforgettably awful season unforgettable for another reason. Our resident Videographer Jeff Nunn has decided to please you again with his visual stylings. We know it isn’t enough but thank you Damion………

Damion Lee And Trey Lewis Thoughts On Sr Day (Video)

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Thanks to the great people at thecrunchzone.com, Here are video clips from Damion Lee & Trey Lewis talking about Senior Day

 

Damion 

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The New Doctors Of Dunk (Video)

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Since the beginning of time (or the 60’s) there has been one thing that can get a crowd going, It’s the slam dunk. Even when it was banned from college basketball from 67-76 due to the unfairness of it, they created a slam dunk contest because it was so beloved. It can cause a wide variety of results. It can facilitate a comeback all the way to putting the icing on the cake. At the University of Louisville it has been a beloved staple of our program. From the Doctors of Dunk to Alvin Sims to Montrezl Harrell to the dunking bird logo even, it shows that it is engrained into our DNA. Donovan Mitchell IS the next in a long line of dunkers and there is no doubt. Our good friends at the ACC Digital Network created their latest installment of Dunkuary last night featuring the Louisville Cardinals that was titled “The New Doctors Of Dunk” and it does not disappoint.

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Talking Pitino: Pump the Brakes

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Since the accusations all came spilling out, the mind of every Louisville faithful has been working in overdrive to untangle the web that Katina Powell (and the media) has so intricately woven. Reactions have varied from one end of the spectrum to the other – from those who refuse to believe anything like this could ever happen here to those who believe that the only way we move past the situation is to “clean house.” I took a stance against Sports Illustrated’s portrayal of the University of Louisville as a dangerous culture for women, but when it comes to the scandal itself, I’ve struggled to decide how I feel. I am going to go out on a limb and say this… I’m not naive enough to believe that it could never happen here. I’ve accepted that there is potential that these claims and accusations have some truth to them. The one thing that I can’t get on board with is the premature crucifixion of Rick Pitino.

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NCAA Selection Show Podcast

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Good morning CSZNation (Yes, I’m still trying to make this a thing, deal with it) Hopefully you have had a great weekend and have enjoyed a few days off. I know I have. Our podcast schedule for this week has changed just a little bit. Normally we run Monday’s and Friday’s at noon. Not this week. Tomorrow night we are going to do a special selection show at http://tobtr.com/s/7434917 at 7pm EST. Why tomorrow night when today is selection Sunday? Good question. The answer is twofold. 1) We want to watch the selection show tonight and have time to break it down. 2) The Women’s selection show is happening tomorrow night and we would like to bring their selection to you live. So there you have it. Tune in tomorrow night and check out Steve, Justin and myself as we flawlessly predict the entire tourney. We will also have on special guests Daryl Foust and College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. I myself cannot wait to see where Rick Pitino & Jeff Walz teams end up this season in the tourney brackets. Give us a call to let us know what you think will go down in the NCAA Tournament as well at (914) 338-0180. Should be a blast so tune in, call us and join in.

Go Cards!

(Check out all previous versions of the CardinalSportsZone Podcast at www.CardinalSportsZone.com/Podcast)

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2014-15 University Of Louisville Media Guide

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Today the Louisville Basketball team released the 2014-15 media guide. You can check it out by clicking the picture above.  Enjoy!

 

 

University Of Louisville Assistant Basketball Coach: Kenny Johnson

Go Cards!

Taquan Dean: Hungry And Driven

Taquan Dean

Taquan Dean’s name is all over the UofL 3 point record books. #1 in all time makes (359), #1 in all time attempts (896) and  #3 in all time 3 point field goal percentage (.447). He is the only Cardinal to post two seasons with 100+ three pointers made (122,105). Only one other guy has had 1 season with 100 and that’s Preston Knowles (100). He also had over 500 career rebounds and over 1,600 points. All of those things made up a fantastic Cardinal career but all of those things didn’t happen by accident. Taquan has been playing professional basketball overseas for 8 seasons now. Dean, a New Jersey native, spends most of his summers here in Louisville from what I have seen myself. I have been around Louisville basketball for 15+ years, counting the school and just the area in general. I have friends I work out with during the summers that run in the same workout circles as Taquan. This guy is as nice off the court as he is on the court. Why is he so good?

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Cards Boom Cornell 99-54

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The Cards boom factor just keeps…on…going. After a 4:30 minute 20-2 run to start the game, the Cards cool off to defeat Cornell 99-54. The Cards were led by a hot shooting Wayne Blackshear with 20 points and Montrezl Harrell’s career high 15 rebounds. SVT and Russ Smith add 10 each. Chane Behanan goes for 13 points and 12 boards. Luke Hancock added 12 for the Cards as well. The Cards win big despite an abysmal 52.9% from the free throw line. The #3 Cards have the Hartford Hawks on Tuesday.

STARTERS
MIN
FG
3PT
FT
OREB
DREB
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
PTS
Stephan Van Treese, F
22
4-4
0-0
2-2
1
5
6
1
2
0
0
0
10
Montrezl Harrell, F
26
3-5
1-1
0-2
2
13
15
3
1
0
3
1
7
Russ Smith, G
21
3-8
2-3
2-3
0
2
2
5
3
0
1
2
10
Wayne Blackshear, G
18
6-7
4-5
4-7
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
20
Chris Jones, G
22
4-6
0-1
1-2
0
1
1
1
1
0
1
2
9
BENCH
MIN
FG
3PT
FT
OREB
DREB
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
PTS
Akoy Agau, F
5
0-0
0-0
0-0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chane Behanan, F
17
6-10
0-0
1-3
6
6
12
0
2
0
1
1
13
Luke Hancock, F
14
3-6
0-2
6-7
1
3
4
0
0
0
1
2
12
Mangok Mathiang, F
11
0-0
0-0
1-4
1
1
2
0
1
1
0
2
1
Terry Rozier, G
11
1-2
0-1
0-2
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
3
2
Anton Gill, G
9
2-6
0-4
0-0
1
3
4
1
0
0
0
1
4
Tim Henderson, G
5
1-2
1-2
0-0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
3
David Levitch, G
6
1-1
1-1
0-0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
Kevin Ware, G
13
2-4
0-1
1-2
0
2
2
1
0
0
2
2
5
TOTALS
FG
3PT
FT
OREB
DREB
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
PTS
36-61
9-21
18-34
12
37
49
16
12
3
10
19
99
59.0%
42.9%
52.9%

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Quentin Snider Says L Yeah Once Again!!!!

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Ask and you shall receive, as CSZ made you aware there was a possibility that 2014 G Quentin Snider may rejoin the ranks of the Cardinal fold, he did just that today. Snider, The #28 ranked player in the country, had originally committed to the Cards in 2011. Then The Hometown Snider decommitted shortly after the Cards garnered a commitment from highly touted guard Jaquan Lyle. The Cards have waited almost 20 years to have a starring hometown hero and I believe that Q is that man. I hate the journey but I love where it ended. Quentin is the 4th 2014 commitment, even though he was the first, joining F Jaylen Johnson, G Shaqquan Aaron and C Chinanu Onuaku. The Cards also are in very good position with C Bakary Konate. the Cards have vaulted into the top 5 ranked recruiting class in every rankings I have seen.

Go Cards!

Quentin Snider Says “Not So Fast My Friend” To Illini?

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Remember when you seen this tweet and you were heartbroken? I understand. I had been told that morning and was sick all day. Well on Wednesday night CSZ learned the Cards could still land Quentin Snider. That certainly now seems to be the case according to chatter on @IllinoisLoyalty and UL sites now as well that have just caught a whiff of these rumors. Landing Snider would be a HUGE boost to the Cardinals already super class. As we are not saying this will happen we do believe it will. Stay Tuned.

Go Cards!

Louisville Booms Hofstra 97-69

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Russ Smith scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the first half and No. 3 Louisville made 12 3-pointers to set the tone for a 97-69 rout of Hofstra on Tuesday night. Louisville’s victory in the first of four games in the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament was its 18th straight dating to last season, tying a school record. Chris Jones added 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting with seven assists for Louisville, while Montrezl Harrell had 19. Having a couple of regulars back helped Louisville. Besides Luke Hancock, Louisville also welcomed back junior forward Chane Behanan. Cardinals fans only had to wait 3:45 to greet Hancock, the Final Four MVP, with cheers of “Luuuke!” as he checked in. “It felt great, 100 percent,” Hancock said. “Felt good. Just trying to play hard and play defense. I felt good about them playing mostly zone so I was going to be able contribute and help out. I was really trying to help out on defense, trying to do the little things.” Behanan came in with 12:09 remaining in the half to cheers as well, putting the defending champions close to full strength. Wayne Blackshear added 9 points off of 3-5 shooting from the three point line and Luke Hancock added two threes himself for a total of eight points. The Cards next face Cornell on Friday.

Cards look aWARE and Defeat Pikeville 90-61

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Chris Jones scored 19 points and Montrezl Harrell added 18 as the No. 3 Cardinals went on to a 90-61 exhibition victory over Pikeville. The defending national champion Cardinals shot 33 of 64 from the field (51.6 percent) and held the NAIA Bears to 34 percent. Russ Smith added 12 points, and Wayne Blackshear had 10 for Louisville. Kevin Ware, who had that gruesome injury last March, returned to action tonight and scored on his first attempt from the field, a 3 point basket. Ironically the shot was taken and made from almost the exact spot on the court that the injury occurred in Indianapolis. It was good to see him out there doing what he loved again. When asked how he felt:

“Basketball-wise I feel like myself,” said Ware, who wore black wraps on both of his lower legs. “My speed and everything, jumping-wise, feels back to normal. I feel fine.”

Mega-Trezl Leads The Way As Louisville Wins 115-67 Over Kentucky Wesleyan

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Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game.

Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.

Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown’s two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.

Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.

Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9

Russ Smith Named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate

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University of Louisville’s Russ Smith is one of 30 candidates for the men’s basketball 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Wednesday.

Smith,a team co-captain, is one of just four student-athletes on the list in which their team is currently ranked in the top 10, but the Louisville guard is the only one whose team ranks in the top-five nationally.

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2013-14 Captains Announced For Basketball Team

Montrezl Harrell

University of Louisville sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell has been named a tri-captain for the Cardinals’ 2013-14 men’s basketball team, joining seniors Russ Smith and Luke Hancock with that distinction.

“He has, without question, been the best worker on the court, the most vocal leader on the court, so without question, he has ignited our team in practice to work harder,” head coach Rick Pitino said Monday. “I thought he’d be a very good captain.”

A third-team preseason All-America selection by The Sporting News and a second-team choice by USA Today, Harrell was listed third in CBSSports.com’s Top 30 Breakout Players.  He was a second-team all-American Athletic Conference selection by the league coaches.

Harrell played all 40 games in helping Louisville achieve its third NCAA title in April. During the Cardinals’ nine postseason games, Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. Notably, he shot 61.5 percent from the field. In the team’s BIG EAST title victory over Syracuse, Harrell scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 24 minutes of action.

“He leads every which way,” Pitino added. “He’s a tough guy. He brings it every play and there’s very few individuals like that, in our game today, where they try to impact every possession.”

Harrell also had success in international competition over the summer, earning a gold medal with his USA Basketball squad in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.  In the gold medal victory over Serbia, Harrell totaled a team-high 17 points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and hit 8-of-16 field goals in 28 minutes. In nine games during the event, Harrell started every game and averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, hit 42-of-73 field goals (.575) and added eight steals and 10 blocked shots while averaging 18 minutes a game for the deep USA squad, coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan. 

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