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Louisville’s first post-season game will be tomorrow night at 7 PM in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Rick Pitino and the Cardinals will face the winner of St. John’s and Villanova who play tonight in the second round of the tournament.
Considering the depth that the Big East has this year, once you get to the quarterfinals of the tournament, you can expect some stiff competition. That’s exactly what Louisville will get tomorrow night. The Cardinals will either play a Villanova team that has already defeated them once this year and is fighting for an NCAA tournament bid, or a St. John’s team that would be playing on their home court.
Jay Wright’s squad deserves credit for their 73-64 win over Louisville on Jan. 22. With that said, I think anyone who watched that game entirely would tell you that Louisville’s struggles at the free throw line had a lot to do with the outcome. I think as far as personnel goes, Louisville matches up well with Villanova, but they...
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Yes, that is Bill Clinton, the former Leader of the Free World, and yes, that is Russ Smith and Chane Behanan, two Louisville basketball players. Get 'W' in there and we've got a party.
Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals closed out the regular season winning their final seven games and nine of their last ten. Their current seven game winning streak is the largest of any BCS conference team. The Cards haven’t lost a game since the five overtime thriller against Notre Dame on Feb. 9.
Louisville, Big East: W7
-Feb. 14, 72-58, St. John’s
-Feb. 17, 59-41,...
Louisville and Villanova will square off tonight at Madison Square Garden in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big East Tournament.
Rick Pitino’s team will try to avenge a 73-64 loss to to the Wildcats in January. The loss to Villanova was the Cardinals largest margin of defeat.
Here are three keys to beating Villanova tonight.
Make Free Throws: This one should go without saying...
Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva has been named the 2013 Big East Scholar of the Year. Siva received the award on Tuesday afternoon in New York City at the Big East Award Ceremony. Siva is the first Louisville player to win the award since the Cardinals joined the Big East in 2005. Here is the excerpt from the Big East press release.
A senior from Seattle, Wash., Siva will...
Although Louisville’s offense has drastically improved in the last month and wound up leading the Big East in scoring, it’s the Cards defense that makes them a national title contender. Even if Louisville has a cold shooting night, their ability to consistently get stops on defense will keep them in games against any team in the country.
Following Louisville’s win over Cincinnati...
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Name: Gorgui Dieng Age: 23 School: Louisville
Height: 6’11 Weight: 245 Projected Position: PF/C
2012-13 Stats (As of 3/13/13):
10.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.6 bpg, 1.8 tpg (31.5 minutes per game)
52.0 FG%, 68.1 FT%, 55.9 TS%, 52.0 eFG%
Russ Smith returned to the scene of his youth Thursday, another basketball court in New York City, taking center stage at Madison Square Garden, returning as a third-team All America player, proving he belongs among the elite.
The Brooklyn native, who was ignored by Syracuse during the recruitment process and resisted efforts to force him to go to Manhattan College after his freshman...
NEW YORK - One of the most improved players on the University of Louisville basketball team in the final few weeks of the season has been Kevin Ware. A move to the point guard position helped Ware become “more comfortable.” He’s become a key role player off the bench heading into this week’s Big East Tournament.
Going to take a while to get used to the idea of Gorgui Dieng going away.
If NBA scouts have been paying attention the past few games, Gorgui is more than ready for professional basketball. His shooting has improved dramatically, complementing his shot blocking abilities. As his wrist healed, his ball handling has continued to get better. Have you noticed he gets at least one steal...
Louisville failed to score in the first two minutes of the game, but used a 15-4 run in the first half and never looked back. The Cardinals forced 25 Villanova turnovers, cruising to a 74-55 win.
Russ Smith led the way for the Cardinals scoring 28 points, 21 of those came in the second half. Smith connected on 10-of-11 free throw attempts. Luke Hancock continued his solid play, chipping...
In a field where many athletes are seen as slackers and people who take the easy way out when it comes to academics. Louisville team captain, Peyton Siva, disproved that theory, as he won the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year award for the 2012-2013 season.
Siva recorded a 3.77 GPA and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award. Congratulations to Peyton Siva! It...
NEW YORK - University of Louisville junior guard Russ Smith played with a heavy heart on Thursday night after the passing of his high school coach – and New York prep school legend Jack Curran – earlier in the day. And Smith didn’t disappoint.
Florida International didn't have quite enough energy left to complete a remarkable tournament run.
The fourth-seeded Panthers, one night after shocking top-seeded Middle Tennessee, led early before falling behind for good in a 65-63 loss to Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Monday.
Cameron Bell led four Florida International players in double figures...
Charlie Strong was a guest on the High School Gridiron Report radio show on 560 WQAM in Miami, FL., earlier this week. Here is Strong’s 10-minute interview.
Coach Strong spent a lot of time recapping the Sugar Bowl win over Florida and Louisville’s entire 2012 season. He also talked about recruiting and which areas he and his staff are targeting.
The Big East and what it brought to college basketball in its heyday in the 1980s is a big reason why the sport is so popular today. Thus, this week’s Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden will truly be the end of an era.
The Catholic 7 of Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul, St. John’s and Villanova are creating their own basketball-only conference next...