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Louisville Hoops Given 40/1 Odds Win It All In 2016

Photo: Andy Lyons – GettyThe expectations for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals drastically changed when they added transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. Without Lee and Lewis, Louisville may have been a bubble team in March, but with the addition of scoring and experience, the Cardinals could be a preseason top 15 team. We’re still about five months away from the season...
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This Year’s Louisville vs. Kentucky Hoops Game Will Take Place On Dec. 26

David Phillip – APFor just the second time in the history of series, the annual Louisville and Kentucky rivalry game will take place the day after Christmas. The Kentucky basketball program released their non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season on Thursday afternoon with the UofL vs. UK game slated for Dec. 26. The last time the two teams met on the day after Christmas was...
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Orlando Magic & Miami Heat Will Play Exhibition Game At The KFC Yum! Center

Photo: USA Today SportsWe learned earlier in the week that the NBA will be returning to the city of Louisville for the second year in a row for an exhibition game. On Thursday morning we learned which two teams will be playing at the KFC Yum! Center. The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic will play an exhibition game on the Yum! Center on Oct. 7th. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May...
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Could These Be Louisville’s New Basketball Uniforms Next Season?

Say what you will about adidas, but it’s hard to argue that they don’t take care of the University of Louisville. I realize most of the fan base prefers Nike over adidas, but UofL makes a ton of money off of adidas and the brand is constantly providing new swag. We’ve seen adidas provide special edition post-season uniforms for the past five years for the hoops program. The...
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Louisville Hoops Posts Perfect APR Score

Photo: Pete CautilliLast week we learned that the Louisville football team posted their highest GPA in program history. This week, it’s the basketball squad that is receiving academic accolades. UofL sent out a press release earlier this afternoon stating that the basketball program is one of four athletic programs to receive perfect APR scores for the spring semester. Per the...
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Video: James Burgess Jr. Is A Bad Man

Despite losing a handful of guys to the NFL, Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is expected to have another solid defensive unit in 2015. Grantham returns a ton of talent in the front seven. One of the top returners is senior linebacker James Burgess. The Miami native has been a big time contributor to the Louisville defense since he arrived on campus in 2012. Burgess...
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Pitino Offers Scholarship To Maverick Rowan’s AAU Teammate

Photo: HoopSeen the world of college basketball, recruiting is a 365-day-a-year job. Coaches across the country are constantly keeping tabs on the top prospects, but it’s late spring/early summer that they start extending scholarship offers. Rick Pitino and his staff have extended plenty of scholarship offers over the past few weeks. Jonathan Isaac, a 6-foot-9 forward from Hollywood...
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Podcast: NBA Draft Combine Recap With NBADraftBlog.com

If you missed Tuesday’s edition of Inside The Press Box on 1450 The Sports Buzz, here is the podcast. Click here to listen from your mobile device. On Tuesday’s show we discussed the recent reports of Calipari being interested in NBA jobs. We also discussed the NBA Draft and the draft lottery with Ed Issacson of NBADraftBlog.com We won’t have a show on Wednesday due to local...
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Video: 1450 The Sports Buzz Free Throw Contest

1450 The Sports Buzz – Free Throw Shooting Contest from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo. If you’re a regular listener of my radio show (Inside The Press Box) on 1450 The Sports Buzz, then you’re well aware of what is going on here. If not, let me fill you in… Late last week I purposed a challenge to my producer, Trevor “Bacon” Kelsey. Trevor is a large unhealthy man and...
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Four Star Scorer Markelle Fultz Visited Louisville On Sunday

Photo: Sporting NewsFive star swing-man V.J. King wasn’t the only big time recruit who made a visit to Louisville over the weekend. Markelle Fultz, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard out of Dematha Catholic High School in Baltimore, MD., took an unofficial visit to Louisville on Sunday afternoon. This is Fultz second unofficial visit to Louisville after picking up a scholarship...
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Podcast: Where Does Petrino Rank Among The ACC? NBA Draft Projections & The Turkey Bacon Challenge

If you missed Monday’s edition of Inside The Press Box, here is the podcast. Click here to listen from your mobile device. We’re back in regular rotation this week and will be on the air every day this week other than Wednesday, due to baseball coverage. On Monday’s show we reviewed the Sporting News’ ACC head coach rankings and discussed where Petrino should be ranked...
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Video: Teddy Bridgewater – Greatness Awaiting

The Minnesota Vikings are very fortunate to have Teddy Bridgewater as their quarterback. Since Dante Culpepper’s era in Minnesota came to an end, the Vikings have had an insane amount of starting quarterbacks. Brad Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre, Joe Webb, Christian Ponder, Donovan McNabb, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all...
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Harrell, Rozier & Blackshear Featured In ESPN’s Top 100 Draft Prospects

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsWe’re still a little over a month away from the 2015 NBA Draft, but with the annual combine recently wrapping up, the national NBA gurus are updating their mock drafts and rankings. Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear all three made ESPN’s Chad Ford’s updated top 100 big board. Harrell is at No. 24, Rozier is ranked No. 27 while...
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Chris Jones Will Work Out For The Dallas Mavericks

I think it’s safe to say that former Louisville guard Chris Jones’ collegiate basketball career didn’t end the way that he expected it to. Jones was dismissed from the team in February after breaking curfew. just a few days after being booted from the program, Jones was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 women at an off-campus apartment party. In late April the...
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Sporting News Says Petrino Is The 5th Best Coach In The ACC

Photo: Pete CautilliI’d say year one of Bobby Petrino’s second stint as the head coach at the University of Louisville was pretty successful. Louisville finished 9-4 overall and 5-3 in ACC play in their first season in the league. There was some ups and downs in 2014, but considering the circumstances, I’d say Petrino did a fine job. The folks over at the Sporting News are...
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Louisville Fans Need To Get Familiar With VJ King

Photo: BigShots.comWhen Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson joined Rick Pitino’s staff last year, he was tabbed as a home-run hire due to his outstanding recruiting reputation. So far so good as Pitino will welcome in a top ten recruiting class in 2015 with two five star prospects. Johnson along with the rest of the staff played a big role in Louisville’s 2016 class, but I don’t...
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DeVante Parker Threw Out The First Pitch In The Miami Marlins Game Last Night

DeVante Parker still hasn’t played in an NFL game, but so far I think it’s safe to say that the Miami Dolphins are satisfied with their first round pick. Parker has garnered rave reviews over the past couple of weeks and performed well in Miami’s rookie mini-camp. On Saturday evening Parker was asked to throw out the first pitch in their game against the Atlanta Braves. A video...
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Terry Rozier Improved His Draft Stock On Thursday

Photo: @NBADraftWhen the initial list of players attending this year’s NBA Draft combine were released, former Louisville guard Terry Rozier was listed, but he wasn’t set to participate in the five-on-five scrimmages. Rozier and his agent made a last minute decision to go ahead and compete in the scrimmages. That decision certainly paid off for Rozier. It’s not uncommon for...
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Podcast: Cards Will Get Rematch vs. Sparty, Rozier Shines At Combine & Much More

If you missed Thursday’s edition of Inside The Press Box on 1450 The Sports Buzz, here is the podcast. Click here to listen from your mobile device. This is our only show this week due to local baseball coverage at the station, therefore we tried to squeeze in as much as possible. We spent some time recapping Rick Pitino’s recent team update that he gave during an interview...
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Late Spring Update From Rick Pitino

Photo: Rich Barnes – Getty ImagesOur man Rick Pitino has been pretty low key since the 2014-15 season came to an end. Pitino wasn’t out on the road for the first big weekend on the recruiting circuit last month and surprisingly he didn’t’ attend this year’s Kentucky Derby. Luckily, Terry Meiners of WHAS radio was able to catch up with Pitino for a short interview on Wednesday...
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Louisville Football Posts Highest GPA In Program History

Photo: Pete CautilliFour years after losing three scholarships due to their APR (Academic Progress Rate) being below the prescribed benchmark for the sport, Louisville football has posted the highest grade point average in the program’s history. “I’m very proud of the commitment our players showed in the classroom this semester,” head coach Bobby Petrino said in an official...
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Montrez Harrell & Trey Lyles Do Hot Yoga Together….

I’d say it’s pretty known that when it comes to the Louisville – Kentucky rivalry, the fans take things far more seriously than the players. We’ve seen former Louisville & Kentucky football and basketball players become friends and sometimes even teammates once they leave college. Two years ago, it was former Cardinal Gorgui Dieng and former Wildcat Nerlens Noel that...
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Remember Rod Council? He Was Released From Prison Today

Photo: Getty ImagesThere were some dark days for the Louisville football program during the Steve Kragthorpe era. I don’t think anyone within the fan base would deny that. It wasn’t just the losses on the field that put the program in a bad light. There were plenty of off the field issues that played a role in Louisville football sinking to nearly an all time low between 2007...
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James Sample Agrees To Four-Year Deal With The Jacksonville Jaguars

Less than two weeks after being selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, former Louisville safety James Sample has inked a deal with his new team. Sample and the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed on a four year deal that will be pay him $2,828,582. The Sacramento native will earn $435,000 in his rookie season as well as 25% of his $548,582 signing bonus. He’ll receive 1/4 of...
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Just Two Players In This Year’s Draft Class Have Larger Wingspans Than Montrezl Harrell

Photo: Getty ImagesWe’ve known for the last few years that Montrezl Harrell’s wingspan is freakishly incredible. Despite being 6-foot-7 with shoes on, Harrell has had plenty of dunks where he barley even jumps, due to his insane length. On Wednesday afternoon we learned that there are only two players in this year’s NBA Draft class that have a larger wingspan than Harrell....
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