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Can The Lady Cards Do It?

Louisville Villanova BasketballIt’s really hard to expect the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team to be able to beat Connecticut.  Connecticut is fielding one of their best teams of all time.  The Huskies are firing on all cylinders and they have been since the first tip-off of the season as they remain undefeated heading into tonight’s championship game.  They’ve beat the Lady Cards twice this year by an average of 33.5 points and one of those blowouts was in the Big East Tournament championship game.  They’ve beaten all of their opponents in the NCAA tournament by double-digits.

Connecticut has the nations best player in Maya Moore.  They have the nations best coach in Geno Auriemma.  They have eight players who were All-Americans in high school.  Louisville has none.  They have a history that contains five national championships and over 30 regular season and conference tournament championships.  They also have Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles.

Regardless of UConn’s long list of accolades, there is one thing that Louisville has more of.

Heart.

Louisville showed they had more heart than anyone in the country  when they erased a first half lead of 14 points and came back to win the game against a stacked Oklahoma team in the national semi-final on Sunday evening.  Angel Mccoughtry played her worst half of the season in the first half against the Sooners and played the most memorable half of her career in the second half as she led Louisville on a charge against Oklahoma.  A charge where the Lady Cards were able to grab the lead by as much as six points and coast to victory, despite a very late push by OU.

Becky Burke, Candyce Bingham and Deseree Byrd all played tenaciously on both sides of the court in the comeback.  Coach Jeff Walz ripped the team at halftime and told his All-American, Mccoughtry that she was an embarassment.  They came out with something to prove and left the Oklahoma Sooners shocked and in tears at the end of the game.

Some say that Oklahoma became too comfortable after their big halftime lead.  Some say that Jeff Walz might be the best motivator in the country.  But no one can deny that Louisville has earned their spot in the NCAA national championship and has catapulted themselves in the national spotlight as this team has become the story of the year in NCAA women’s basketball.

Louisville enters tonight’s game the underdog once again.  Not just expected to lose to the Huskies but many “experts” and fans expect Connecticut to blow them out of the water.  It’s possible.  Connecticut seems to be on an entirely different level from the rest of women’s college basketball this year.  The entire season, they’ve proven that they’ve been the best team in the country.  The program hasn’t won a national championship since the 2003-04 season, and you know they’re hungry for one.

Whatever happens, I will make one guarantee and that is that regardless of whether they’re winning by 20 at halftime or losing by 30, Louisville won’t give up until the final buzzer sounds.  They’re going to give it their all tonight as they have nothing to lose.  The Lady Cards want this as bad as anybody and they’re not going to let anybody crown the Huskies the champions just yet.  Remember, they have heart.

Jodie Meeks To Test NBA Waters…… YAY!

jodie-meeksThe good news is that Jodie Meeks is going to submit his name to the NBA draft and get some predictions on where he will fall, how much he will make, etc.  The bad news is that Jodie Meeks isn’t going to hire an agent, an action which would pretty much cancel his NCAA eligibility.  A lot of players do this, some of them turn pro, some of them return to school.  Regardless, you can bet that every Louisville fan, myself included, is hoping to see this guy’s name somewhere on the television screen on June 25th.

Meeks averaged an SEC-best 23.7 points for the Wildcats this past season and set a school record by scoring 54 points against Tennessee.  If Meeks doesn’t remove his name from the NBA draft by June 15th.  He automatically forgoes his senior season of eligibility and won’t be allowed to return to UK (at least to play basketball).

I say go pro Jodie.  Even if you have a bad outing at the workouts, the Knicks will still take you.

What To Read (or watch)…

Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Lawrence gives us five reasons why he thinks Louisville can, and will, beat Connecticut tonight and win the NCAA tournament.  He pointed out several factors that help Louisville including revenge, undefeated teams falling before in the championship, and the fact that Louisville has nothing to lose.  Let’s hope he’s right.

Charlie at the UofL Card Game blog wants you to write ESPN and complain about how awful Doris Burke is.  He makes a good point.  She practically seemed like she was flat out cheering for Oklahoma in the Final Four game.  She completely lacks professionalism.

Rick Bozich of the Courier Journal and some other guys covering the national championship game last night sat around afterwards and came up with a top 10 for 2010.  Syracuse seems to be the darling pick for next year, after their six-overtime triumph they have become America’s team.  Louisville’s missing but that’s expected.  At least they didn’t already give the title to UK like  half of the amateurs out there.

The Arena Authority also released a tour video of the new Downtown Arena.  While it’s going to be hard to leave Freedom  Hall, this new arena is going to be sweet.  Not only can I get my UofL basketball on, I’ll also be able to get my Arena Football and my Mick Jagger on as well.  I can’t wait.

John Yarmuth is getting the short end of the stick with a wager he placed on tonight’s national championship game with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney.  If Connecticut wins, Courtney gets a Slugger baseball bat, a bottle of Woodford and a bucket of KFC.  If Louisville wins, Yarmuth gets salami, lemonade, wine, cigars some chocolate bars and some syrup.  There are two reasons Yarmuth is getting the short end of the stick.  One, we can get any of this stuff at Kroger.  Two, we can’t riot with this stuff the way you can riot with a baseball bat, a bottle of bourbon and a bucket of fried chicken, if we were to win.

Last but not least, a pretty good article from the Sporting News on the Louisville men’s basketball team’s tremendous season.  We sure had a fun ride, even without meeting our expectations.

Siva, Tyler Make Parade Alll American Team

Two future Cardinals have been named to the Parade All American Team.  2009 commit Peyton Siva was named to the third team as 2010 commit Jeremy Tyler was named to the second team.

Peyton Siva, a 6’1″ guard out of Franklin High School in Seattle is expected to have an instant impact for the Cards next year.  Jeremy Tyler who is 6’11” is one of the best big men in the class of 2010 and should be another “diaper dandy” for the Cardinals in a couple of years.  The only other players of note to make the team was possible Kentucky commit DeMarcus Cousins who is expected to follow coach John Calipari from Memphis to the Wildcats.

I’m excited for Siva.  He’s small but he’s a tremendous athlete and he’s got some hops.  Make sure to check out the video below.

No Kentucky High School players were named to any of the four teams.

All Hail UofL Big East Basketball Awards

AHUL First Team Big East

G – Jonny Flynn – Syracuse
G – Scottie Reynolds – Villanova
F – Terrence Williams – Louisville
F – DeJuan Blair – Pittsburgh
F – Luke Harangody – Notre Dame

AHUL Second Team Big East

G – Levance Fields – Pittsburgh
G – Jerel McNeal – Marquette
F  – Sam Young – Pittsburgh
F – Jeff Adrien – Connecticut
F  – Hasheem Thabeet – Connecticut

AHUL Third Team Big East

G – AJ Price – Connecticut
G – Jeremy Hazell – Seton Hall
F – Da’Sean Butler – West Virginia
F – Earl Clark – Louisville
F – Dante Cunningham – Villanova

AHUL Fourth Team Big East

G – Wesley Matthews – Marquette
G – Eric Devendorf – Syracuse
G – Jerome Dyson – Connecticut
G – Alex Ruoff – West Virginia
F – Lazar Hayward – Marquette

AHUL Freshman Big East

G – Mike Rosario – Rutgers
F – Devin Ebanks – West Virginia
F – Yancy Gates – Cincinnati
F – Greg Monroe – Georgetown
F – Samardo Samuels – Louisville 

AHUL Most Outstanding Player

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Dejuan Blair – Pittsburgh

AHUL Most Valuable Player (to his team)

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Terrence Williams – Louisville

AHUL Newcomer of the Year

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Greg Monroe – Georgetown

AHUL Coach of the Year

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Jay Wright – Villanova

Angel McCoughtry Named All-American

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Louisville Senior Angel McCoughtry has been named first team All-American by both the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.  McCoughtry is a now a three time All-American after making the AP second team in both 2007 and 2008.  She has had an absolutely outstanding season averageing 23.2 points-per-game along with 9.3 rebounds-per-game and 4.2 steals per game as she has led the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team to their first ever Final Four appearance.

Congratulations Angel!

Tony Kornheiser and I Share A Very Similar Sense of Humor

Earlier, as an April Fools joke I posted an article about Pitino going to Arizona.  Well earlier today on PTI, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opened their show with news that Rick Pitino had reportedly talked to Kentucky and told them that they wanted to come back.  Hilarious.  Not jut because of the joke but all of the underlying humor.  The fact that so many Kentucky fans think that UK could just get Rick Pitino at their own will.  Not True.  Enjoy everyone.

Track & Field Teams Grab Top 25 Spot In Longest Named Poll Ever

The Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams cracked the top 25 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) pre-season poll by coming in this week ranked 24th in the country.  

“We respect that both our teams are ranked in the top 25 and it’s an honor to be recognized with other high caliber programs,” said U of L head coach Ron Mann. “We realize that our ultimate goal is to be ranked No. 1 in the final poll of the season.”

Louisville’s highest outdoor national ranking came on May 8, 2007, when the Cardinal men earned the No. 4 ranking in the Trackwire Outdoor Top 25. Trackwire no longer puts out a rankings list. Earlier this year the men’s team spent three weeks in the USTFCCCA Indoor Top 25, reaching No. 10 before falling out of the rankings the following week.

Louisville is led by All-Americans Andre Black, Michael Eaton and Tone Belt.

The Cardinals made women’s program history earlier this year as they landed their first-ever national ranking of any kind in the USTFCCCA Indoor Top 25 at No. 21. They spent three weeks there alternating between the No. 21 and No. 22 spots before dropping out of the poll.

The Cards will continue their outdoor track and field season on April 2-4 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Thanks to UofLSports.com for this story.

Louisville Baseball Wins In 12 Innings

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The Louisville Baseball team beat Ball State today in 12 innings, 5-4.

Chris Dominguez was cold at the plate today as he went 0 for 6 with three strikeouts, he did tally one RBI.  It was an entirely different story for Adam Duvall though, as he went 3 for 5 with a run.  Alec Lowrey knocked in Nate Holland for the pinch-hit game-winning RBI in the 12th inning.  Bob Revesz picked up his second win of the season as the Cardinals improved to 18-8.

The Cards start a three game series against Cincinnati in the Queen City, Friday at 6:30 PM.

Breaking News: Pitino Named Next Coach At Arizona.

 

Rick Pitino will now be pacing the sidelines at Arizona.

Rick Pitino will now be pacing the sidelines at Arizona.

ESPN has reported that Rick Pitino will be the next coach at the University of Arizona after signing a 4 year deal worth $15 million to be what is ultimately considered as Lute Olson’s replacement as Russ Pennell, the outgoing interim coach who has not been asked to return for next season.

“Well, I sit before you here today letting you know that I am a basketball coach who likes to take on challenges,” Rick Pitino said in a press conference earlier today.  “And this is a challenge that I’m interested in taking.  Arizona has been Lute Olson’s team for a very long time and you saw the trouble they went through this year with him not being on the sidelines.  I would like the opportunity to take this team back to the top.”

This definitely comes as a surprise as many thought that this whole “Pitino to Arizona” thing was just a rumor, but not so surprising to others as many have claimed to have seen Rick Pitino’s wife to have been “house shopping” around the Tucson area in late march.

This also comes as a surprise to others as many never thought Rick Pitino would be interested in coaching at Arizona considering they were the team that beat him to win the 1997 national championship over Kentucky.  Many thought that he was happy at Louisville and would finish out his career there.  When asked about his leaving Louisville, Pitino almost seemed regrettable.

“It’s definitely been great at Louisville and I wouldn’t trade my years here for anything,” Pitino said, distraught.  “I’ve coached a lot of really good kids here and this place tremendous fans.  The fans here are from all walks of life and just some of the best in the country.  I’m going to miss it here.

When asked about a possible replacement after today’s press conference, Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich declined to comment that the university has anything in mind as far as possible replacements, but did have some kind words to say about Pitino.

“We certainly thought it would be a challenge for anyone to come in and replace Denny Crum,” Jurich said. “But when you bring in a guy like Rick Pitino, we didn’t miss a beat.  We certainly wish him the best at Arizona and hope that he remains happy with his future endeavors.”

This is really hard news to swallow for Louisville fans and players as there are a lot of disappointed people out there.

“I wish he was still my coach.  He was the guy who brought me here and I expected to play for him for four straight years but I guess sometimes people have to do what makes them happy,” said guard Edgar Sosa of Pitino.  “I wish him the best at Arizona.”

It’s just one heartbreak after another for Cardinals fans right now.  Three days after losing to Michigan State for the school’s second trip to the Final Four in five years, they have now lost their coach to a program that needs rebuilding.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot.  April Fools.