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UofL Loses NCAA Appeal

 

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Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.

This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.

Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.

While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.

I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.

The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks As A Jazz – So Far (Video)

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Donny Dunks. Spida. NBA Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Champion. Here is a compilation of his best dunks of the year….so far. Enjoy!

Donovan Petitions To Get His NBA 2K Dunk Rating Raised

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When the creators of NBA 2K put Donovan Mitchell’s dunk rating at a 50/100, we all knew he was being grossly overlooked. After dominating at the All-Star Dunk Contest this weekend, Donovan started a petition to get his score raised, and it worked!

Donovan Mitchell’s Biggest Supporter (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell won over Louisville fan’s hearts during his two years as a cardinal. It did not take long for him to win over Utah fans and he continued to win over the rest of the NBA fan base this weekend. Donovan talked to the media about why it was so important for him to include his sister, Jordan, in one of his dunks during the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.

Donovan Mitchell Pens Note On Shoes

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The 18th school shooting of 2018 happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida. 17 people have fallen victim to this tragedy, and it has brought to everyone’s attention back to the gun violence America is facing. Donovan Mitchell took this tragedy to heart – as his mom is a school teacher. For last night’s game, he simply wrote “Pray for Parkland” and “End gun violence” on his shoes. Donovan has his stage, and he is using it the best he can.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone continue keep the community of Parkland, Florida in our thoughts and prayers.

Sports Illustrated Q&A With Donovan Mitchell

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“365 days ago I was watching All-Star in my dorm room. And now my teammates are texting me ideas on what to do in the dunk contest. It’s been a whirlwind. I’m truly blessed and truly honored.” – Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell was selected 13th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Draft. Now, he has been selected to play in the Rising Stars Game presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart and the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest all while participating in community events throughout the break as well. The Jazz are currently on a 10 game winning streak – with a big thanks to Donovan. While Donovan maintains his pace to be Rookie of the Year in the NBA, his biggest goal is to make the playoffs with his teammates. You can read the full interview with The Crossover below.

Jordan Nwora Named ACC Rookie Of The Week

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville’s Jordan Nwora Selected ACC Rookie of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville freshman forward Jordan Nwora has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week.

Nwora (pronounced WORE-uh) averaged 12.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, shot 59.1 percent from the field and made 7-of-11 three-pointers (.636) as the Cardinals won two of three games last week, playing an average of 16 minutes per game.

The 6-8 forward from Buffalo, New York, scored a team-high 16 points with four rebounds and a season-high four steals as Louisville prevailed over Georgia Tech. He made a season-high 5-of-7 three-pointers against the Yellow Jackets.  Nwora followed with his eighth double-figure scoring effort of the year with 13 points, six rebounds and two assists while connecting on 5-of-6 field goals as part of a balanced scoring attack as the Cardinals won at Pittsburgh.

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Uniform Report: UofL VS Syracuse

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UofL men’s basketball team will be rocking the throw backs tonight when they take the court against Syracuse!

Donovan Mitchell To Compete In NBA Dunk Contest

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It was announced today that Cardinal forever, and current Utah Jazz star, Donovan Mitchell, will be competing in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest. He was previously scheduled to appear in the skills challenge but has since backed out to fully commit to the dunk contest.

Congratulations to Donovan!

ACC Men’s Basketball Coaches Teleconference

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Yesterday, all the head coaches of the men’s basketball teams of the ACC partook in a teleconference. You can hear what everyone had to say below thanks to our friends at the ACC Digital Network.

If you only have time to catch what David Padgett says, he comes on about the 1:22 mark.

UofL VS Boston College Condensed Game

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Need something to do on your lunch break today? Or just something to get you through this Tuesday? Our friends at the ACC Digital Network put together the full, condensed UofL VS Boston College game for your viewing pleasure.

Special Events Coming For The UofL Men’s Basketball Team

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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.

This information may be found at this link:  http://uofl.me/2Bn9SuA

Siva And Lewis Playing In German All-Star Game

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Two Cardinal greats will be representing their teams in the German All-Star game today! Peyton Siva and Trey Lewis will both be starters in the game and you can catch it at 2 pm EST on the link provided below! Congratulations to both players, they deserve all the success in the world!

It is still yet to be determined who will be wearing the number 3 😉

Donovan Mitchell The Baseball Player?

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It is no secret that Donovan Mitchell is a freak athlete. He can do it all, and do it well. He has taken the NBA by storm and is showing no signs of slowing down. But Spida has not always had dreams of being an NBA All-Star, at one point, he wanted to be an Major League Baseball player. SLAM Magazine sits down with him and talks about it all.

You can also still vote for Donovan for the NBA All-Star game. All you need to do is either tweet/retweet using the #NBAVote and Donovan’s name or twitter handle, or you can use the link provided in the tweet below.

Beat The Buzzer: Quentin Snider

In the final episode of Beat the Buzzer, UofL athletics sits down with Louisville native and captain of the UofL basketball team, Quentin Snider. Otherwise known as Q. Find out what the best advice he has ever received is and if he owned a Kentucky Derby horse, what would he name it.

Payne? Mack? Names Swirl For Next UofL Basketball Coach

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Louisville fans have been eagerly waiting to find out who the next permanent head coach will be for the men’s basketball program. Tim Sullivan with the Courier Journal has said that Kenny Payne checks all the boxes, but that was met with a very mixed reaction from fans. Xavier’s Chris Mack is another name that continues to be thrown around and a well-connected coach thinks he is the guy.

The only thing that is truly known at this point, is that we know very little. So while we wait, get out and support the team and coaches that we have now!

Donovan Mitchell Gets Some Royal Praise

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Donovan Mitchell continues to impress as a rookie. Last night, Donovan led his Utah Jazz in a road battle against arguably the world’s best player Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Though his team lost 109-100, Donovan still put on a show; dropping 26 points including this exquisite dunk.

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Beat The Buzzer: Anas Mahmoud

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On today’s Beat the Buzzer, UofL Athletics sits down with senior center, Anas Mahmoud. We find out what his comfort food is, who is the one celebrity he would leave tickets for and what is his best memory at UofL so far?

Single Game Tickets Go On Sale For UofL Men’s Basketball ACC Games Wednesday

PRESS RELEASE: 

Single Game Tickets for UofL Men’s Basketball ACC Games on Sale Wednesday

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Single-game tickets for the University of Louisville’s home men’s basketball Atlantic Coast Conference games in the KFC Yum! Center this season will go on sale on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at noon.

 Tickets for eight home ACC games are $65 each, and tickets for the Cardinals’ Feb. 17 game against North Carolina are $85 each.  Remaining non-conference weekday games are currently on sale for $35 each, and non-conference weekend games are $40.

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Donovan Takes Top Rookie Spot In Power Rankings

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Donovan Mitchell is having an outstanding rookie season with the Utah Jazz. He has broken records, had insane dunks and done it all while taking control of the Jazz offense. Colin Ward-Henninger with CBS Sports now has Donovan at the top of the rookie power rankings. Right where he belongs.