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  2015-16 Projections (For background on how the Sagarin projections are generated, read the preseason projections article.) Final record:  30-7 (includes postseason) Louisville enters the conference portion of the 2015-16 season still ranked 1st in the Sagarin Predictor Ratings with a rating of 94.41, a drop of 1.22 points over the past two weeks.  The projected final win-loss record, including the postseason, has dropped from 32-6 to 30-7. The Cards continue to be favored in every remaining game except the regular season finale...Continue reading »

  Throughout all 2015, the Louisville football program experienced as many twists, turns, characters, and subplots as a Shakespearean masterpiece. Narratives were built, destroyed, re-built, and torn down time and time again. Heroes were born, villains were mocked, scapegoats were attacked, and the Louisville fan base experienced more emotions than a bipolar, Oscar-winning actress. In short, it was an eventful season.   TIMELINE OF EVENTS February 2, 2015: Much ado about nothing becomes national news Following a nine-win season...Continue reading »

As we turn the calendar to 2016 the Cardinals will close the book on non-conference play and dive head first into ACC play, beginning Sunday when Wake Forest comes to town. Before the start of conference play lets take a look at where the Cardinals stand in some key statistical categories. Scoring Offense: 17th Scoring Defense: 2nd Assists Per Game: 112th (14.7) Blocked Shots Per Game: 36th (5.4) Field Goal Percentage: 7th (51.2%) Free Throw Percentage: 197th (68%) 3 Point Percentage: 67th (37%) Steals Per Game: T40th (8.2) Rebounds...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Wake Forest Edition   Getting to know the Demon Deacons:  Head Coach: Danny Manning  Record: 9-3   The Demon Deacons and head coach Danny Manning begin ACC play on the road against Louisville in the KFC Yum Center on Sunday. Wake last played on Tuesday night against LSU in Baton Rouge, a game they won.   The Front Court: This Wake Forest team is built around the strength of the front court. They are a big physical group with great athleticism. Devin Thomas, a 6’9” 245lb Senior Forward leads this group. He has started all 12 games for the Demon Deacons and leads the team in scoring with 16.6 points per game. Thomas is also pulling down 10.2 rebounds per game and has 23 blocks on the year. Adding to the great play in the front court is Sophomore Forward Dinos Mitoglou. The 6’10” big man has also started all 12 games for Wake Forest this season. Mitoglou is 3rd on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game and shooting 43% from the field. In a late game situation this is not the guy you want to foul. Mitoglou is an 86% free throw shooter which leads the team. He has also added 12 blocks to his stat line. Greg McClinton rounds out the front court for Wake Forest. The 6’7” RS Sophomore is adding 5.7 points per game and shooting 56%.   The Back Court: Freshman star Bryant Crawford has been leading the charge this season. The 6’3” guard was one one of the top point guards in the 2015 class. He was the 2014-2015 DC Gatorade Player of the Year and rated #18 PG by ESPN. So far this season Crawford is shooting 39% from the field and 42% from behind the arc. Crawford is scoring 13.9 points per game but his most impressive stat might be his team leading 53 assists. That kind of unselfish play is not something you typically see from a freshman especially one as highly touted as Crawford. Returning to the back court, Sophomore guard Mitchell Wilbekin. Brother of former Florida star Scottie Wilbekin, Mitchell started 26 games as a freshman and led the team in free throw percentage and 3 point percentage. His numbers are down slightly this season as he is only averaging 9 points per game but I credit a lot of that to the emergence of Bryant Crawford.   Wake Forest vs. LSU The Demon Deacons had four players in double figures led by 19 points from Bryant Crawford. Wake won the rebound battle 40-33 . The Decs were able to welcome back senior Guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. He missed the first 8 games due to a fractured foot. With the 77-71 victory Wake improved to 7-0 in games decided by 6 points or less.   Louisville vs. Wake Forest Allow me to start out by issuing a huge congratulations to Card Nation. We made it through that terrible home slate and have finally reached ACC play. Enjoy. Now on to Wake. This is a very good team with lots of talent. Head Coach Danny Manning has got his guys in his system now and they’re thriving. This team has size and strength down low and can control the boards. The guards are skilled and unselfish. They pass well and can score in bunches. Wake has wins over Indiana, #25 UCLA and LSU and an 8 point loss to #6 Xavier. For Louisville to win this game they will need to first win the rebound battle. Both these team are top 50 in the country in total rebounds per game. It will be a war down low all night and that brings me to my next point. The Cards need to avoid foul trouble in the front court. Its going to be physical and that’s fine, but they will need to play smart. Defensively, Louisville needs to press and apply pressure early and often. Wake Forest is an abysmal 303rd in the nation in turnovers per game averaging 14.9. This will be a tight back and forth match up however I think Louisville is better defensively and that will prove to be the difference maker. Cards Win. 78-73.   Who’s got the Edge? Offense: Louisville  Defense: Louisville Impact Player(s): Bryant Crawford (Wake), Damion Lee (UofL) Player(s) to Watch: Devin Thomas (Wake), Chinanu Onuaku (UofL) VN:F...Continue reading »

Photo – SI.com *All highlights come from LouisvilleFanBase.com. WATCH FULL HIGHLIGHTS Of Lamar Jackson's Music City Bowl Record-Breaking Performance: https://t.co/QMvADgo0S4 #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/m8W8jgmo4i — Louisville Fan Base (@UofLFanBASE) December 31, 2015 WATCH Louisville TE Keith Towbridge (@_godgiven89) 17-Yard TD From Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) vs. Texas A&M #GoCards pic.twitter.com/kusLQC4PQy — Louisville Fan Base (@UofLFanBASE) December 31, 2015 WATCH Louisville TE Micky Crum (@TooHypeCrum) Score On A 2-Yard...Continue reading »

Here’s a link recap of Louisville’s win over Texas A&M…. *From ESPN.com The freshman, making his first start since Oct. 30, finished with a bowl-record 453 total yards, and set the Louisville career rushing mark before the end of the first quarter in giving the Cardinals a 20-7 lead they never lost. Jackson ran for 126 yards in the first 15 minutes, including a 61-yard scoring run. Louisville (8-5) won its third bowl in their past four trips and first since 2013. The Cardinals also won for the eighth time in 10 games...Continue reading »

*Louisville’s victory over Texas A&M capped off a very impressive four-year run that saw the Cards go 40-12 overall with 3 bowl wins.  The win gave Coach Petrino is 100th ‘W’ and snapped A&M’s school record four straight bowl wins. *Lamar Jackson’s sensational performance – 226 yards rushing and 227 yards passing – firmly entrenched him as next year’s starter. Lamar Jackson stepped up for the Louisville offense to give them a win in @CapitalOne Bowl Mania. pic.twitter.com/EaEDgUbBvP —...Continue reading »

The Memphis Grizzlies have released former Louisville Cardinal Russ Smith amid their desperation for frontcourt depth.  It has been a struggle for ex-Cardinal Russ Smith to find any minutes in Memphis. Despite being an Orlando Summer League MVP and having a strong offseason, he could never climb into the Grizzlies’ rotation. Late on Monday night, there was an unexpected announcement surrounding the Grizz and their decision to make a roster change. Shams Charania of RealGM had the initial report via Twitter: Memphis Grizzlies are waiving...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Texas A&M Edition   Getting to know the Aggies: Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin Offensive Coordinator: Jake Spavital Defensive Coordinator: John Chavis Record: 8-4   Entering this Music City Bowl matchup against Louisville, Texas A&M must feel in certain ways that they’re looking in a mirror. The Aggies, like the Cardinals, had an up and down year that never really lived up to the pre-season expectations. The offense couldn’t find a rhythm and the defense played pretty well. This makes for a very interesting...Continue reading »

As Russ Smith awaits his chance in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies are developing him through the Developmental League. “Russdiculous” is making the most of it, too.  It has been a slow start to a professional career for NCAA National Champion Russ Smith. As he anxiously awaits the emergence of a major role for himself as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, there is plenty of time to showcase a “Russdiculous” skillset in the NBDL Last season, Smith logged all but a few of his professional minutes with the Iowa Energy...Continue reading »

  Rick Pitino’s Louisville teams have lost to John Calipari’s Kentucky teams so often now, Pitino can’t even bare to talk to the media about it. In a hostile environment against their second legitimate opponent of the season, 16th ranked Louisville pushed back after trailing 16 points in the second half, cutting 12th ranked Kentucky’s lead to just one point with five and half minutes remaining, but they could never quite take the lead and fell in heartbreaking fashion, 75-73. After the game, Pitino was speechless....Continue reading »

26 There are nine ACC schools that will be competing in this year’s bowl season and – as usual – the vast majority of them will go enter into their games as underdogs.  While only Florida State, Louisville, and Virginia Tech are favored to win their games, it’s a good bet that the ACC will knock off more than three of their opponents.  With that said, what will earn the ACC a successful outcome?  If the the league doesn’t earn a winning record, a Clemson win over Oklahoma, a FSU win over Houston, and a UNC win...Continue reading »

The guys broke down the UofL-UK contest, discussing who has the edge at each position. Fans also weighed in with their thoughts as well. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...