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(Photo – USA Today)   The first Associated Press top-25 poll of the college basketball season was just released and the Louisville Cardinals are ranked third. The defending National Champs were picked behind Kentucky (#1) and Michigan State (#2) and it’s quite possible that the reason that they “slipped” that far is because of the Chane Behanan suspension and uncertainty. Personally, I’m fine with the rankings because, unlike college football, the ultimate winner is decided on the actual playing field (or...Continue reading »

(Photo – Andy Lyons / Getty Images)   Despite his inescapable douchiness and all-around smug attitude, ESPN reporter / columnist Jeff Goodman is right on the money this time. He just dropped his list of top breakout players for the 2013-2014 season and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell is listed #1 overall. Harrell looked incredible on Tuesday night in UofL’s blowout win over Kentucky Wesleyan, posting 20 points on 9-10 shooting and snagging 7 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action. Rick Pitino commented at his press conference...Continue reading »

Photo – AP It’s been relatively quiet as far as the 2014 class is concerned lately, but ESPN.com updated their football recruiting rankings for 2014 and it finds the Cards well positioned nationally.  The updated rankings show the Cards coming in at 19th and second in the AAC (to Rutgers who is 18th).  As has been the case with UofL football recruiting, the staff has zeroed in on several elite prospects who won’t make their decisions until January, potentially bolstering their class ranking even higher.   Here’s...Continue reading »

  He’s killed just about everything that walks or crawls at one time or another. And last night he aimed to kill you, D-2 Kentucky Wesleyan. Video courtesy of @CrumsRevenge and The Crunch Zone VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 7.0/10 (3 votes cast)...

(Photo – GoCards.com)   Although there were definitely some weak spots last night in Louisville’s crushing 115-67 win over D-2 Kentucky Wesleyan, in the end it’s hard to argue with and pick apart a 48-point victory. Montrezl Harrell looked unguardable in the paint, Terry Rozier showed flashes of a brilliant floor game and the young players in general got plenty of game-time experience despite the fact that the route was on. However, the free-throw shooting (57%) and press defense absolutely need to be tightened up moving...Continue reading »

The only show in town dedicated to talking strictly UofL sports is on tonight at 6 on ESPN 680 and ESPNLouisville.com.  We’ll discuss the blowout win over KWC, the new basketball  officiating mandate, and breakdown the football team’s remaining schedule and tell how the Cards can still go to the BCS.  As always, we want you to be apart of the show; hit us up at 267-9680 and on twitter @LvilleSprtsLive.  VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

Photo – gocards.com *32-56 (57%) was what the Cards shot from the free throw line in this foul-plagued game.  Needless to say that must improve because UofL will be sent to the foul line on numerous occasions due to the rules aimed at cracking down on hand-checking, etc. *Montrezl was a man in the paint, scoring 20 points and hauling in 7 boards.  He shot 9-10 from the floor, but only 2-11 from the FT line. *The Cards had five guys in double figures; the aforementioned Harrell, Terry (18), Russ (17), Chris (16), and Anton (13). *It...Continue reading »

  Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater made the first round of cuts today for the annual Maxwell Award and is now one of 16 semifinalists. This season, Bridgewater has produced outstanding numbers in leading the 17th-ranked Cardinals to a 7-1 record, including a 3-1 mark in  the American Athletic Conference. A native of Miami, Fla., Bridgewater is second in the country in completion percentage (73.7) and third in passing efficiency (206.98). In eight games as a starter, Bridgewater is third nationally with 23 passing touchdowns and is in...Continue reading »

     Vs       Opponent: Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers Game Location: KFC Yum Center – Louisville, Ky. Tip Off: 7:00 pm 2012-2013 Record: 20-8 Last Meeting: 96-54, Louisville; November 11th, 2010 Head Coach: Happy Osborne (1st Season) TV: WHAS-11 with Drew Deener and Bob Valvano on the call Radio: 790 WKRD with Paul Rogers and Doug Ormay on the call Spread: N/A Officials: Tom Eades, James Breeding and Chris Beaver Staring Line-ups Louisville Russ Smith – G    6’0, 175 lbs Chris Jones – G    5’10, 175...Continue reading »

  Louisville head coach Rick Pitino met with the media yesterday afternoon and not only previewed tonight’s exhibition opener against Kentucky Wesleyan, but also announced a new captain, gave an update on injured players, touched on Chane Behanan’s suspension and explained how the team has looked over the last week. The 2013-2014 Cards now have a new captain that will join Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. Sophomore power forward Montrezl Harrell will become the team’s third captain and the first sophomore to earn that distinction...Continue reading »