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The Breakdown – Virginia Edition   Getting to Know the Cavaliers: Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall Offensive Coordinator: Robert Anae Defensive Coordinator: Nick Howell Record: 2-5   Bronco Mendenhall is in his first season as the Virginia head coach and despite a conference win against Duke, it hasn’t been a season to remember.   The Offense: Offensively, the Cavaliers received a surprise when Quarterback Kurt Benkert elected to transfer to Virginia and play immediately. Benkert graduated from East Carolina after sitting...Continue reading »

  Bobby Petrino, Lamar Jackson, and other members of the Louisville team said last week that the comments about their lack of “style points” vs. Duke didn’t weigh on them much, but something about their dominating 58-13 win over North Carolina State suggested they were out to make a statement. The Cards started off Saturday afternoon’s game with more energy and enthusiasm than they showed in nearly all four quarters combined a week earlier as Jackson perfectly engineered a four-play, 90-second touchdown drive...Continue reading »

One of Terry Rozier’s favorite rappers returned the support on Wednesday night. On Wednesday evening, a few of the Boston Celtics were in attendance at a live concert bench hosted by popular rapper YG. Amongst the players at this “team outing” included former Louisville Cardinal Terry Rozier. “T-Roz” is a big fan of YG’s work. Not only can you say that Rozier is a supporter of YG, but you can now say that YG is a proud supporter of “TR” — Terry Rozier. If you don’t believe it, just...Continue reading »

Today’s release of the NOA signaled the beginning of the end of this embarrassment for UofL basketball.  At a quick glance, the information contained in it is about the best case scenario for the program. No charge of “lack of intuitional control” for Pitino or the school, no evidence that Coach P or any other staffer knew, and no charge of not “creating a culture of compliance.”  Now, we’re all sick of it and we can began to move on.  We won’t know finality of this until late spring because UofL...Continue reading »

Neither Bobby Petrino, who has a top-ten team, a Heisman contender, and playoff hopes, nor Rick Pitino, who has a preseason top-15 team who will again be eligible for the postseason, needed any additional reasons to smile, but each got one Wednesday afternoon when they received some very welcome recruiting news. On the football side of things, Louisville landed a commitment from four-star running back Colin Wilson out of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL. He is a near-consensus four-star prospect and ranked as high as the nation’s...Continue reading »

  Louisville retained its #6 ranking but dropped 1.30 rating points in this week’s Sagarin Predictor Ratings.  The Cards now have a rating of 90.62.  The most likely final regular season record for the Cards is 10-2, with an 11-1 record almost as likely. 2016 Projections — 10-2 Regular Season Record Opponent — Rank / Rating — Projected Result — Probability of UofL Victory Oct. 22 vs. NC State — 32 / 79.37 — Win by 14 — 84% Oct. 29 at Virginia — 79 / 66.56 — Win by 22 — 94% Nov. 5 at Boston College...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – NC State Edition   Getting to know the Wolfpack: Head Coach: Dave Doeren Offensive Coordinator: Eliah Drinkwitz Defensive Coordinator: Dave Huxtable Record: 4-2   The Wolfpack have been playing some very good football so far this season. They are 4-2 on the season, but you could argue that an extra 6 points could have them at 6-0. A three-point loss on the road to East Carolina and a missed field goal last week against Clemson.   Offense: In May the Wolfpack welcomed in RS. Sophomore Quarterback Ryan Finley....Continue reading »

Gorgui Dieng and the Minnesota Timberwolves put on a fantastic show for the Louisville crowd on Saturday night.  It is another October, and it has been another successful preseason NBA game in Louisville. This time, Louisville Cardinals legend Gorgui Dieng was able to be the talk of the town as his Minnesota Timberwolves were taking the floor against the Miami Heat. Miami was the acting home team, as they have for the past three years now. This time, Miami fell short of a victory, though they sat the majority of their starters for the evening...Continue reading »

For the third year in a row, Louisville has hosted a successful NBA preseason game. “It’s great. Great. The arena is beautiful. We were at the practice facility yesterday. That was incredible. Then we went to the football game last night. It’s a great city. The college campus is unbelievable and the facility is incredible. It was a great atmosphere last night.” These are the comments of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Head Coach, Tom Thibodeau, prior to Saturday’s NBA preseason matchup between his Wolves and...Continue reading »

  Louisville junior power forward Jaylen Johnson spent his first two seasons of playing college basketball assuming he was doing all the things he needed to do to become successful. Now, as he prepares to commence the final half of his collegiate playing career, he realized he was wrong. “In the past years, I thought that I was working, but I know now I could’ve worked harder,” Johnson said during his team’s media day last week. “I was always giving my all on the court, but I was kind of slacking on the extra...Continue reading »

While Saturday evening is meant to honor Gorgui Dieng in his city of Louisville, teammate Karl-Anthony Towns is crossing into Card Nation territory.  In the college basketball world, everybody knows that any Cards versus Cats matchup means war. For Gorgui Dieng — an all-time great Louisville Cardinal — times can become tough when your teammate is a Kentucky Wildcat. Meet Karl-Anthony Towns, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year. He is young and he is not shy at all when it coms to any opportunity to gloat. For instance, at last...Continue reading »

Gorgui Dieng has returned to Louisville — a place that adores him.  Today is the day! The NBA is back in Louisville! Tonight marks the third consecutive year an NBA preseason matchup has been on display in the KFC Yum! Center. Though the Miami Heat have been a part of the big events all three years, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the latest to receive a taste of the Yum! On the eve of this year’s battle between the Timberwolves and Heat, Minnesota had enjoyed a night at the Louisville Cardinals’ football game against Duke. Not...Continue reading »

  The taste of victory is not always sweet, as the Louisville football team experienced first-hand Friday night. Nay, the flavor of Louisville’s too-close-for-comfort 24-14 win over Duke at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium had much more of a sour flavor to it, and for the first time all season, the offensive juggernauts of the ACC appeared eerily human and imperfect. All year long, the Cards and QB Lamar Jackson have been the “it” team in college football, even with a loss at Clemson two weeks ago. In fact, the loss...Continue reading »