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  The Timberwolves aren’t what you would call a very good NBA team this year.  However, what they do have are young pieces in place to elevate their franchise to playoff-type levels in the future.  Nationally, you hear about the impressive rookie Andrew Wiggins, but quietly, former Cardinal Gorgui Dieng is putting together a great second season in Minnesota.  Currently, Gorgs is averaging 10 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting 50% from the field and 80% from the foul line. The loss to San Antonio was the Wolves’ 21st...Continue reading »

  Andrea Adelson nails it again in summing up Louisville’s first – and successful – season in the ACC.  Perhaps she best put it in perspective when she mentioned that only Texas A&M had more wins (11) in their first year in a new Power 5 league than Louisville (9). But nearly every team has those ‘what if?’ moments. Nearly every team has major injuries that must be overcome. What made this Louisville effort special was the way the team rebounded from adversity. There were plenty of important takeaways:...Continue reading »

As a freshman at UofL, I have waited a long time to finally sit in the Student Section at the Yum Center. I have seen other Student Sections on TV over the years (Duke is a great example), and I thought that Louisville’s would at least be somewhere in the ballpark. However, At the beginning of the year I saw firsthand that our Student Section is one that doesn’t exactly create the largest of home court advantages. And here are just a few examples of why: During the non conference schedule at the beginning of the year, whenever...Continue reading »

  The UofL staff is still hot on the trail to find a point guard and assistant Kenny Johnson went to watch 3-star Traci Carter play against 4-star ’16 prospect Jamal Murray.  Murray, who hails from Canada is close to re-classifying to the 2015 class and is ranked 36th overall and the 7th best PG in the ’16 class.  UofL has reportedly taken an interest in him.  Carter, who’s had Coach Pitino watch him previously is 142nd overall and the 25th best PG according to 247Sports.  However, Carter’s performance against...Continue reading »

  Once again, an elite team dominated Louisville’s undermanned 5-spot and made all of the Cardinal big men look lost.  While each of them have shown glimpses of potential on the defensive end, there’s simply no half court (or “any” court most times) offense to work with.  So what does Coach Pitino need to do?  The simple answer is – of course – to recruit better.  It’s puzzling to see how out-classed Louisville’s centers are against the top teams, but that’s the case when so many...Continue reading »

  *The Cards’ inept offense allowed Duke to ran away with the game early in the second half and gave UofL its second worst home loss in the Yum! Center era. *Terry led the Cards with 17 points, but went 5-16 from the field.  (3-7 from 3 and 4-4 from FT line) *Trez posted his 19th career double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds, but needed to make more plays down the stretch. *Chris Jones picked up an early second foul when the Cards were up 10-6.  Duke outscored Louisville 24-10 the rest of the half.  He finished with just...Continue reading »

  After a heartbreaking loss at North Carolina two games ago, Louisville will get a shot at another big-name school from the Tar Heel state Saturday at noon in Duke. The buzz surrounding the game has sizzled a bit as Duke has dropped its last two games to unranked teams, both by double digits. They lost by 12 at NC State, then by 16 vs. Miami…at home. Yet, this is still a very talented team, and with coach Mike Krzyzewski at the helm, it is never wise to write off the Blue Devils. This could be a season-altering game for the Cards,...Continue reading »

Nobody will forget the “Year of the Cardinal”.  Winning the national title in hoops and the Sugar Bowl in football is a feat that might not ever be duplicated.  With that accomplishment in the books, it certainly helped the school rank 4th in CBSSports.com’s most successful football-basketball schools over the last 20 years. The formula: The past 20 years have signaled a change in so many big ways for college sports. So I’m basing this study off of success in the most competitive and unpredictable environment amateur...Continue reading »

It’s certainly not a surprise, but the state of Kentucky ranked first in Sporting News’ Best College State in Hoops poll.  North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas round out the top four. Home to the top team in the country and another one in the top 10—the two campuses are separated by roughly 80 miles—the Bluegrass State lands in the top spot of our rankings. The grip isn’t rock-solid, though, because the Wildcats and Cardinals don’t have much in the way of support (no other team in the top 50 of the Pomeroy or RPI rankings)...Continue reading »

As we’ve said for awhile now on the program, by the time it’s all said and done, Petrino and Co. will likely sign the best recruiting class in the history of the program (at least on paper).  This weekend figures to go a long way in determining how everything plays out.  To date, there are currently 18 prospects scheduled to visit campus.  In this group, there are several commits making the trip, including 4-star QB Lamar Jackson and 3-star RB Matt Colburn.  Insidetheville.com’s Mike Hughes told us on the radio show last...Continue reading »

The sting of the disappointing bowl season is over for the ACC.  The league still finished with two Top 10 teams in Florida State and Georgia Tech, while Clemson was ranked 14th in the final rankings.  Louisville and Duke had 9 wins apiece and NC State finished with 8. Matt Fortuna looks at the ACC from this past season and writes that its final power ranking is too low. (and it is) More specifically, it had a much better season than the Big 12. In the leagues’ three meetings this year, the ACC went 3-0, with FSU beating Oklahoma State,...Continue reading »

LSL is back tonight at 6:00 on ESPN 680/105.7 talking all things UofL football, basketball, and recruiting.  We’ll be joined by 5-star commit Donovan Mitchell to get an update on his season and get his take on how he sees himself fitting in to the program next year.  We’ll preview the huge clash with #4 Duke as well as the football recruiting weekend along with it.  As always, we want you to be a part of the program. Hit us up at 267-9680 and on twitter @LvilleSprtsLive.  VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes...Continue reading »

*For the first time since 1995, UofL and Virginia Tech met on the basketball court. With the win, the Cards extended their lead in the series to 29-8. *Mangok started off the first half with a bang and finished with 11points and 8 rebounds in a starting effort. *Wayne Blackshear played with more confidence and posted 15 points on 6-10 shooting. *Chris Jones continued his stellar ACC play, posting impressive numbers of 7 points and 11 assists. *Terry Rozier had 16 points on 4-6 3-point shooting. *Trez had a solid game, putting up 11 points...Continue reading »