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Adidas Fires Back At Pitino

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Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.

AP Women’s Basketball Poll: Week 4

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The Louisville women remain at #4 in this week’s AP Poll.

AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS PREVIOUS WEEK
1 Connecticut 5-0 775 31 31 1
2 Texas 5-0 723 0 31 2
3 Notre Dame 6-0 698 0 31 6
4 Louisville 6-0 695 0 31 4
5 South Carolina 6-1 611 0 31 3
6 Mississippi State 6-0 610 0 31 7
7 UCLA 5-1 609 0 31 5
8 Ohio State 7-1 569 0 31 9
9 Baylor 5-1 557 0 31 8
10 Oregon 5-1 470 0 31 10
11 West Virginia 6-0 446 0 31 11
12 Tennessee 6-0 428 0 31 12
13 Florida State 6-0 380 0 31 13
14 Duke 5-1 351 0 31 16
15 Maryland 5-2 324 0 31 15
16 Stanford 4-3 310 0 29 14
17 South Florida 6-1 259 0 29 17
18 Texas A&M 4-1 215 0 30 19
19 Missouri 5-1 207 0 29 23
20 Kentucky 6-0 174 0 29 22
21 Oregon State 3-2 166 0 28 18
22 Michigan 4-1 107 0 25 25
23 Marquette 2-2 101 0 24 20
24 California 3-2 66 0 18 21
25 Villanova 5-0 56 0 21 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Green Bay 31, Arizona State 26, Oklahoma 25, New Mexico 19, Iowa 17, Michigan State 16, DePaul 8, Syracuse 6, Minnesota 5, Oklahoma State 5, Kansas State 4, Georgia 3, Southern California 3

To see how everyone voted, click here: AP Women’s Basketball Poll Week 4

Louisville Post Game Press Conferences & Highlights: Murray State

The Louisville women defeated the Murray State Racers, 115 – 51. The 115 points marks a school record for points scored in the rout.

Coach Jeff Walz

Kylee Shook & Bianca Dunham

Highlights

Louisville To Participate In 2018 Preseason NIT

The Louisville men’s basketball team will participate in the 2018 Preseason NIT at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Other headliners include Tennessee, Marquette and Kansas.

The Preseason NIT will start on November 21st and go through November 23rd.

Breaking: Louisville Parts Ways With Kenny Johnson

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The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head coach Kenny Johnson.

The release was sent moments after the institution announced freshman Brian Bowen would not be eligible to compete for or practice with the men’s basketball team.

See the full press release below.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has parted ways with associate head men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson, terminating his employment per the provisions in his contract.  The university will have no further comment on this personnel matter.

Breaking: Brian Bowen Will NOT Play For Louisville

On Wednesday morning the University of Louisville announced Brian Bowen will NOT be eligible to compete for or practice with the institution’s men’s basketball program at any point in the future.

According to the press release, Bowen is eligible to transfer to another collegiate institution if he so chooses. It also states Bowen may choose to remain enrolled at the University of Louisville where he will continue to receive his athletics scholarship.

“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” said UofL Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra.  “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”

The decision comes two months after the University of Louisville was implicated in an ongoing “pay-for-play” investigation conducted by the FBI.

Read the full press release below.

UofL Appeals NCAA Infraction’s Ruling

Louisville Cardinals head coach Pitino holds up the trophy as he and his team celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in their NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Atlanta

In the latest chapter of the Katina Powell saga, UofL has filed its official appeal against the NCAA Committee of Infractions ruling from June. The Courier Journal received these files through a public records request. UofL deems the ruling excessive especially since none of the players on the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams received the “benefits” Katina Powell claimed.

Men’s Basketball AP Poll 11-20-17

Once again, the Cardinals fall one spot in this week’s AP poll. Duke continues to hold onto the top spot with Arizona and Kansas rounding out the top 3. Any surprises to you in this week’s poll?

Myisha Hines-Allen Named ACC Player Of The Week

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The honors just keep coming for senior forward, Myisha Hines-Allen. One day after being named MVP of the Preseason WNIT, she has now been named ACC Player of the Week.

Hines-Allen is averaging a double-double through five games with 14.6 points and 11.2 rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell Surprises His Mom With A Big Gift

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As if UofL fans needed another reason to adore Donovan Mitchell. Donovan surprised his mother with a new Audi SUV yesterday. As you will see in the video below from ESPN via Donovan’s Instagram account, she was taken aback and loved her gift from her son.

UofL has been blessed to have outstanding young men join our sports programs and school the last few years and Donovan is proving to be another great one on the basketball court and off of it. It’s always nice to see an athlete with a heart like Donovan Mitchell.

Asia Durr Named espnW Player Of The Week

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After stellar performances against then No. 5 Ohio State and No. 10 Oregon, espnW has awarded Asia Durr with the honors of being the first Player of the Week for the 2017-18 season.

Durr is averaging 21.6 points through five games. Against Ohio State, Durr had the performance of a lifetime, dropping 47 points.

Read the full espnW article here: Louisville’s Asia Durr named espnW player of the week

Where Does Donovan Mitchell Rank In The Rookie Class (So Far)

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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.

Video Highlights: No. 5 Louisville vs No. 24 Michigan

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.

David Padgett Working To Right The Ship In Recruiting: Former Commits Still Considering

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.

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UofL Men’s Basketball Veterans Lead Through Adversity

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.

How Is Padgett Adjusting To The New Normal

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).

Deng Adel Preseason Top 50 Candidate For Wooden Award

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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!

 

Cardinal Forever, Damion Lee Gets Engaged

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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!

AP Mens Basketball Poll Week 2

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.

http://collegebasketball.ap.org/poll

The New Era Of Cardinal Basketball Begins

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.