Donovan Spida Mitchell. He is one of the most beloved cardinals to wear the uniform in recent years, and rightfully so. He has been off to a great start in his professional career and just recently came through with a promise he made to his mom to buy her a new car. Andrew Sharp with Sports Illustrated ranks the top 15 in the rookie class based on the first month’s performance, and Donovan is getting the recognition he deserves.
The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals overcame a sluggish first half to defeat the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines, 74-49.
The Cardinals will face its third ranked opponent in the preseason WNIT Championship on Sunday as Louisville faces the No. 10 Oregon Ducks.
Despite a future clouded by the possibility of NCAA investigation and the uncertainty of his own job status after the season, David Padgett is trying to salvage UofL Basketball’s recruiting classes for 2018 and beyond. It may be an uphill battle, but there are two highly thought of former commits still interested in the Cards.
When Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, they never could have guessed the obstacles they would be facing. They have played through the Katina Powell scandal and now the FBI one. They never let it bring them down though, they have been the solid foundation that the freshman and sophomores have needed. Jeff Borzello with ESPN.COM talks about how vital the upperclassman have been.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal recently sat down with interim head coach, David Padgett for 30 minutes, and got the inside scoop on how he is adjusting. They talked about everything from recruiting to adjusting to the size of his new office (hint, it is huge).
It was announced today that Deng Adel has been named to the preseason top 50 candidate list for the Wooden Award. The Wooden award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Congrats to Adel!
Congratulations and well wishes sent to Cardinal Forever & friend of the site, Damion Lee. He popped the question over the weekend to his long time girlfriend, and Steph Curry’s sister, Sydel Curry. Damion is currently playing in the G-League for the Warriors. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish nothing but a life full of happiness and love to the couple!
The first AP Poll of the regular season has been released. Duke remains at the top with Michigan State coming in at number two. UofL slides two and lands at number 18.
Pat Forde with Yahoo Sports noticed how quiet the Yum! Center seemed on Sunday. Between a smaller crowd than usual, a smaller student section, and a much quieter coach, the entire day felt different. Different doesn’t always mean bad, but only time will tell on how it plays out.
Check out the highlights from the Cardinals 80-40 victory over Southeast Missouri in the season opener.
In an extremely lopsided game, the Louisville Cardinals came away with a 40 point victory over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks. At the end of four quarters, Louisville outscored Southeast Missouri 80-40.
Here are a few takeaways from the matchup:
Louisville had four players notch double-figures
Even more impressive… None of which are named Asia Durr or Myisha Hines-Allen. Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals with 12 points. Jones added 4 assists, 4 rebounds and zero turnovers in 20 minutes. Freshman Dana Evans followed up with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Kylee Shook picked up where she left off last year, picking up 11 points and 4 rebounds. Rounding out the top scorers is Bianca Dunham who racked up 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Louisville has depth
The Cardinals tallied 36 points from its starting five. The remaining 44 points came off the bench. It’s comforting knowing Louisville has points on the bench when the starting five are having an off night.
Louisville isn’t without its flaws
While the Cardinals did not see anyone foul out, head coach Jeff Walz pointed out his team struggles with fouling.
“We like to score in transition, but the problem is we foul so much it kills the flow of the game. We’ve got to be able to defend without fouling.”
Coach Walz also emphasized the importance of holding on to the ball. The Cardinals turned the ball over 19 times. Lucky for Louisville, the Redhawks were only able to pick up 12 points off the turnovers.
Rick Pitino released a statement through his lawyer today following yesterday’s accusations. Coach Pitino condemns the latest allegations to be false and defamatory in nature. He maintains his innocence and will continue to fully cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation.
Deng Adel has found himself on yet another preseason watch list for a prestigious individual award. The 6’7 Junior G/F is one of 50 players named to the Naismith Trophy preseason watch list.
Photo Courtesy of naismithtrophy.com
The Naismith Trophy has been awarded annually since 1969 to the National College Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Adel is seeking to become UofL’s first ever winner of the award.
Adel averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a sophomore last year. This year, he is expected to be a focal point offensively so his stats should increase.
In UofL’s two exhibition wins this preseason, Adel averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2 assists. He will definitely be one of the primary scoring options for UofL.
Adel has already been named to the watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Julius Erving Award. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given annually to the National College Player of the Year while the Julius Irving Award is given annually to college basketball’s Small Forward of the Year.
You can see the entire Naismith Trophy watch list by clicking on the link in the tweet below.
One ESPN Writer is making some very bold predictions about David Padgett’s future as UofL Basketball coach and about the team’s prospects for the season.
Myron Medcalf is predicting that, by midseason, Padgett will be given a multiyear deal to become UofL’s permanent head coach. This is music to some UofL fan’s ears.
Medcalf expects that, even with Padgett’s inexperience, he will lead UofL’s superbly talented roster to at least the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. He compares Padgett to another coach that took over a team unexpectedly and led it deep into the tournament. The coach was Steve Fisher and the team was 1989 NCAA Champion Michigan.
I know UofL fans are hoping Myron Medcalf’s bold predictions come true. Let’s hope they do.
You can read Medcalf’s entire article below. It includes many other interesting predictions for all of college basketball that you may find interesting.
Now that all of the exhibition games are complete, it is time to focus on the first official game of the 2017-2018 men’s basketball season. The Student CAF announced today all of the promotions for the season, including a pajama night, ugly sweater night and a neon night. Check out the full schedule below!
On September 26, 2017, the day started off just like any other day. Most of us went to work, student athletes and students attended classes, naps were taken, never would anyone have guessed the landscape of college basketball would be potentially changed forever that day.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal sat down with some of the current players on the UofL men’s basketball team and asked them how they all found out about the FBI investigation. Anas was leaving a finance class, Quentin was taking a nap, VJ and Ryan were in a biology lab, everyone was going about their normal, every day business when a tsunami hit.
While everyone had the same initial reaction of shock and disbelief, it is the way Q, Anas and Adel stepped up to make sure the team did not fall apart. Their true leadership skills shined like never before in some of the toughest days of being a cardinal.
Photo Courtesy of Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press
UofL Basketball player Deng Adel has been named to the Oscar Robinson Trophy preseason watch list. This is a prestigious award given to the nation’s best college basketball player by the USBWA. Adel is one of 32 players on the watch list.
Adel was named a Co-Captain for this year’s iteration of the Cards and his statistical contributions are expected to rise. The 6’7 Junior from Melbourne, Australia averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game last year per ESPN.
Adel is a versatile player who can affect the game at both ends of the floor. His primary position will likely be small forward, but he can also play shooting guard. Adel is expected to become a focal point offensively as he can shoot the 3, but also drive and attack the basket.
The Oscar Robinson Trophy is considered to be the oldest college basketball award of its kind; being given out annually since 1959. The first recipient was Oscar Robinson, for whom the award was named in 1998.
Photo Courtesy of SI.com
No UofL player has ever won this prestigious award.
Read more about Deng Adel and the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy below courtesy of a tweet and story from gocards.com.
ESPN.Com released their top 50 players in college basketball for the upcoming season. Two Cardinals make the list, with the first Cardinal mentioned being a pleasant surprise. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think about the rankings.
The University of Louisville has announced the addition of former Division I head coach Beth Burns. Burns will serve as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Women’s Basketball and Special Advisor to the Head Coach.
Burns has been a collegiate basketball coach for 30-years most recently as the associate head coach of the women’s basketball team at Southern California from 2014 to 2017.
“We are lucky to have such an experienced and skilled teacher to add to our staff,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “Beth will bring insight from thirty-plus years in the collegiate game and I look forward to working and learning from her this coming season”.
Burns boasts an impressive resume. With 21 years as a Division 1 head coach, six conference titles and two regional Coach of the Year Awards, Burns will bring experience to the staff. Her teams have made eight NCAA appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010.
Read more about Coach Burns: Women’s Basketball adds veteran coach Beth Burns to staff