The atmosphere was electric, the players were hyped, and the Antelopes of Grand Canyon gave the No. 14 team all they could handle inside their home arena. Grand Canyon even had the lead at halftime by 1 point off a buzzer-beater NBA-range 3.
It wasn’t enough as the Cards eventually pulled away by the 12 minute TV Timeout and never trailed the rest of the way. Eventually the Cards would seal the deal by a score of 79-70. DeWayne Russell led the comeback attempt with 42 points, the Antelopes’ next highest scorer had 8. Deng Adel led the way for the Cards with 15 points, VJ King showcased his ability with 14 points, Ray Spalding chipping in 14, and Matz Stockman had a career-high 10 points but didn’t play in the second half.
In a game where the upset seemed not only plausible but probable for much of the game, the Cards found a way to win. Do not downplay anything about it, the crowd was nuts, their point guard was unconscious, and they played with a lot more energy in the first half than the Cards did. The important thing is, the Cards walked away with a win and improve to 7-1.
Next the Cards will be at home to take on Southern Illinois on December 7 at 7pm. I’m sure this game will serve as a wake up call that this team cannot start flat and must defend and attack for the entire 40 minutes if they’re going to achieve their potential. I’m happy with the win last night, resilience regardless of opponent in an environment like that cannot be emphasized enough.
I’m gonna share some excerpts with you in a few about a column by Eric Crawford in a few about the NCAA NOA and a line of defense Coach P has been using in just a second. First I want to share some personal experiences I’ve observed first hand. There is the whole Coach P knew angle. You all know that I had a few friends that played at Louisville between 05-08. I went back to finish my degree at that time not only to get my degree but because they were going to school too. I was at Minardi Hall pretty much every day for 4 years. I seen foolishness attempted and it was all met with big consequences. One of my buddies was late to practice & ran on the treadmill for hours plus lost his playing time for months. He didn’t mess up again. The point being, there definitely is a fear factor going on at UL & it’s in a positive way.
Here is an excerpt from the article by Eric Crawford. (Click on excerpt for link to full article)
(PRESS RELEASE Kenny Klein)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four University of Louisville athletic teams are among the nation’s leaders within their sport in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.
It’s may not be another championship but it’s something worth being proud of. For the umpteenth consecutive year the UofL Cards made the list of the most valuable programs. There was something surprising on this list. Louisville was one of 10 ACC teams in the top 50 of College Basketball schools with the most net worth. 4 out of the top 10! A-C-C, A-C-C….I think that’s how the football conference down the road does it. Where did Louisville land on this list?
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Today University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino posted yet another blog. He pays tribute to a lost friend. It is short but sweet. Click below for the post
Our fione friends at collegespun.com released a list Monday of their predictions for the next 10 NCAA Champions. I love prediction pieces like this because it is fun to do. Like the BCS/CFP post we shared a few months ago. They even speculate on our next head coach. YAY! Here is the link to the story. Feel free to read and share. There may be a name in there you enjoy! (Of course there is)
As I prepared to post today’s blog I searched through the annals of CSZ for a picture of a happy or a relieved Rick Pitino. I didn’t find many. The one I did find brought some peace into my heart. Everyone is fighting each other, arguing or just being nasty about the situation. Why I ask? We can’t change anything. We can only move on and do better in the future. I believe that Coach P is our future. I have been around Coach P. I know how strict and how generous he is. I know how much he cares for his current future and past players. He took his time out to talk to a friend of mine who was battling with cancer on game day just hours before the game. Coach P deserves a reset. I hope we as a fan base allow him to relax, reset and reload. With that being said here is Coach Pitino’s final blog of the 2015-16 season. via SID Kenny Klein. Go Cards!
If you have ever watched a Crums Revenge video you know it can get you in your feelings, make a grown man cry or have you so excited you about pee your pants. Wait, just me on the last on? Carry on. If you have NEVER watched a Crums Revenge video it is probably one of the following reasons:
- You hate kids & love to kick puppies
- You are a uk fan
- You didn’t have a strong adult figure growing up
- Maybe you have just never seen one.
Some fans go to extreme lengths to show their love, support or undying passion for players and teams. This is an example of that. April Neal decide to get a tattoo (pictured above) honoring and showing appreciation for Trey and Damion and it’s a notion that will be with her forever.
Here is an excerpt from the interview courtesy of DSR:
One Louisville Cardinals fan decided to pay homage to Damion Lee and Trey Lewis by getting a heart-shaped tattoo with their names, jersey numbers, and the Cardinals logo inside the heart. Here is an exclusive interview with April Neal, a devoted Louisville fan regarding her decision to get the tattoo.
Here is the full link to the story. #L1C4
Our fine friends at draft express took time to look at and breakdown video of UofL Senior Damion Lee. Not as high on him as a player as we are on him as a person, Jonothan Givony & Mike Schmitz give a very fair analysis of Damion’s skills and chances to make it. Enjoy!
We had a blast this morning at Cardinal Towne on the CardinalSportsZone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville! Your host Steve Rummage asked you to call or tweet us and tell us how you will feel after the game is over tonight. Relieved? Thankful? Mad? Dissapointed? We talked Pitino and much more with our special guest Marques Maybin! Tons of calls and interaction on social media were received and we couldn’t thank you enough for the support! Tune in to the Cardinal Sports Zone show every Saturday at 10 am on ESPN 93.9 FM The Ville! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by Doug Budd and Red Edge Realty at HomesforsaleinLouisville.net!
Date: Feb. 24, 2016
Time: 8:05 p.m.
Site: Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (12,508)
Television: ACC Network (WAVE-TV in Louisville) – Mike Gleason, play-by-play; Cory Alexander, analyst
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Doug Ormay, analyst (Sirius channel 132, XM 195)
Series History: UofL leads 11-5 (7-1 in Louisville, 4-1 in Pittsburgh, 0-3 neutral)
Last Meeting: Louisville 59, Pitt 41 (Jan. 14, 2016 at KFC Yum! Center)
UofL National Ranking: 11th Associated Press
Officials: Jamie Luckie, Les Jones, Michael Stephens
Next UofL Game: Feb. 27 at Miami, Miami, Fla., 2 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
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This week…..on 55…..We come to an end of an era. No more Luuuuuuuuuuuuke, Russ, Wichita or Van Beast. No more of this 4 year version of Boom. We will miss you and cherish this class like no other. We did get another NCAA title this week and the girls of boom are still rolling so there’s that. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) On Friday night, which seems like a week ago, UL Men’s basketball team lost to a team none of us like….
2) This happened though….
4) Yeah I know scoreboard…
6) All jokes aside….Thank you to the following guys
7) Russ Smith
9) Tim Henderson
11) Seriously, from the bottom of our hearts…Thank you!
12) I also expect this guy to leave:
13) If he leaves I wanna thank you too Montrezl “MegaTrezl” Harrell for bringing massive monster dunks back to the school synonymous for dunking
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Single game tickets for four of the six remaining University of Louisville men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center are now available at a special price. Two games — the Cardinals’ next game on Thursday against Cincinnati and home finale against Connecticut on March 8 — are sold out.
Thursday’s game against Cincinnati has been labeled as “Throwback Thursday,” with fans encouraged to wear their vintage gear to the game. UofL is celebrating its 100th season of collegiate basketball competition this year.
Tickets for two of the Cardinals’ next three home games — Feb. 1 vs. UCF and Feb. 16 vs. Rutgers — are now on sale for $18 each for the limited number that remains available. Tickets for home games on Feb. 18 vs. USF and Feb. 27 vs. Temple are available for $15 each.
Tickets, which are located in the upper corners and end court areas of the KFC Yum! Center, are on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.
This week…..on 55…..
The tenth episode of 55. Oh how time flies. It seems like it was just yesterday that you were nothing more than just an idea in my head. I just can’t believe how fast you have grown. Before long we will celebrate your 21st. I can’t talk about this right now. Sorry. Moving on. I know what you are saying…Jeremy has finally lost it, or dude it’s just a story. You would be right either way. I am just glad that this week it was not as eventful as last week and that I will be able to take time out to make fun of Shawn once again….I feel like I neglected him. Poor lil guy. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55
1) Mark Schlabach has once again released his “Way too early Top 25” for college football this upcoming season. Check out where he ranks the Cards here
2) He also ranked Texas…..there goes his credibility with me
3) Sorry Charlie
4) Still a little salty………
5) Saturday Preston Brown & Hakeem Smith played in the East-West Shrine game. Both played well but evidently nobody cared enough to post tackling stats on any site anywhere….
7) Oh great SpongeBob is back…..anyways
8) The University of Louisville has purchased the Cardinal Club, an 18-hole championship golf course and 212-acre complex in Simpsonville, Ky. which serves as home to the U of L men’s and women’s golf teams. The facility will be rebranded as the University of Louisville Golf Club
9) It really was long overdue….great purchase by the University
10) Louisville midfielder Charlyn Corral was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team the NSCAA announced on Wednesday
11) Sources tell me…..Shawn wears Underroos……Finally a Shawn joke!!!!!!!
12) Sorry bud…I felt I had neglected you. Moving forward
Cardinal Catch-Up 1/17/14
My e-mail on my phone hadn’t been working right for a few days so today I went to find out why. I got to T-Mobile and just as I walked in to show them what was going on it started working right again. I know, typical. I looked in and seen there was some info in there that I wanted to share with you guys. Don’t worry, none was spam. So after talking it over with my teammates, Cardinal Catch-Up was born. I will also include this weeks CSZ Tweet of The Week (#CSZTOTW) winner. Enjoy.