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Photo – gamedayr It’s not exactly a new revelation that UofL returns a lot more experience than UK; it’s a ‘captain obvious’ statement.  As we discussed on the radio show this week, Coach Pitino gets kids who he can develop in 3-4 years, and Cal prefers the one-and-done method.   There’s a drastic difference in philosophy, but it works for both of them.  Entering into the 2013-14 season, the Cards are the consensus #3 team in the nation, holding down that spot in both the AP and Coaches Polls.  However,...Continue reading »

Photo – @JoeyJWagner The college basketball season tips off today and your defending national champions will begin the defense of their title on Saturday.  As the new year approaches, a couple of sites churned out some last minute rankings and predictions.  Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated went with proven college talent (Louisville) over high school super stars (Kentucky) as the Cards claimed the top spot. Louisville Cardinals The choice between Louisville and Kentucky for No. 1 is not clear-cut. To take the Cardinals,...Continue reading »

(Photo – Jeff Reinking / UofL Athletics)   In their second exhibition tune-up before the start of the regular season, the #3 ranked Louisville Cardinals took care of visiting NAIA Pikeville, 90-61. The game certainly had its highs and lows, but the big story was the return of injured guard Kevin Ware, who saw his first action since suffering a compound fracture to his right leg on March 31st of this year. Incredibly, after just 220 days and a ton of hard work, Ware returned to the line-up to a thundering ovation. Shortly thereafter,...Continue reading »

Photo – @ULFlyingCard *Kevin Ware returned to game action for the first time since March 31st and buried his first 3 and totaled 6 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. *Chris Jones showed out in all facets tonight, scoring 19 points, grabbing 6 boards, and handing out 3 assists. *Wayne Blackshear fouled out in 15 minutes, but scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. *”MegaTrez” was a beast once again posting 18 points (on 7-8 shooting and an improved 4-6 from the FT line) and 6 rebounds. *Mangok got the start and didn’t...Continue reading »

Photo – AP USA TODAY released their annual coaches salary database and to no surprise, Coach Strong is among the highest paid in the nation.  His salary of $3.738 million a year ranks him 10th nationally and makes him the richest coach in the ACC.  He also has a chance to earn a maximum bonus of over $808,000.  Surprisingly, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher is second in the league at $2.750 per year and that ranks him 21st nationally. There are some interesting nuggets from the national perspective like three schools –...Continue reading »

(Photo – USA Today)   Kentucky is loaded with young talent but will they fall into the same trap that kept them out of last year’s NCAA Tournament? Louisville has to replace two of their centerpieces from a National Championship team and their frontcourt is thin. Michigan State doesn’t have a true point guard and they need better consistency from Adreian Payne. Every single one of the possible title contenders in men’s college basketball has their strengths as well as their weaknesses. The CBS tandem of Jeff Borzello...Continue reading »

     Vs       Opponent: Pikeville Bears Game Location: KFC Yum Center – Louisville, Ky. Tip Off: 7:00 pm 2013-2014 Record: 3-0 Last Meeting: 93-57, Louisville; November 1st, 2012 Head Coach: Kelly Wells (8th Season) TV: WHAS-11 with Drew Deener and Bob Valvano on the call Radio: 790 WKRD & joined in progress on WHAS-84 with Paul Rogers and Doug Ormay on the call Spread: N/A Officials: Joe DeRosa, Bert Smith and Don Daily Staring Line-ups Louisville Russ Smith – G    6’0, 175 lbs Chris Jones – G    5’10, 175 lbs Wayne...Continue reading »

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville’s star junior quarterback, has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Davey O’Brien award. Bridgewater, who is first in the nation in completion percentage and third in passing efficiency, has passed for 23 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions this season. Three O’Brien finalists will be announced November 25 and the O’Brien winner will be announced as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN December 12. Here is the excerpt from the U of L press release. LOUISVILLE, Ky.-...Continue reading »

(Photo – Canadian Press)   This one would have been huge for Louisville, but the Cards ultimately came up short as Indianapolis Tech superstar Trey Lyles opted instead to play his college basketball at Kentucky. According to Lyles’ press conference (which was aired nationally on ESPNU), UK head coach John Calipari’s track record with recent NBA players and a bond between current 2014 Wildcat commits Tyler Ullis and Karl Towns were the deciding factors. Lyles went on to tell reporters that he made his decision three days...Continue reading »

(Photo – Jeff Reinking / GoCards.com)   Louisville freshman Anton Gill is a big-time scoring guard who possesses a silky-smooth jumper and an outstanding work-ethic. The Raleigh, North Carolina native played alongside fellow freshman Terry Rozier last season at Hargrave Military Academy and this year he’s ready to play big minutes for the defending National Champs. Gill sat down with LSL and gave us a glimpse into his first few weeks as a UofL basketball player. LSL: How has your transition been to college? AG: I think it’s...Continue reading »