Kentucky vs. Louisville: rivalry t-shirt wars (photos)

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Don’t think Louisville vs. Kentucky is a hard-core rivalry? Check out the Final Four smack-talking t-shirts after the jump. This is NASTY. Brutal, like Duke vs. North Carolina.

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Notre Dame vs Louisville 5 OTs: instant classic

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ESPN College GameDay picked the right game to feature this week as Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center gave us the game of the regular season. Notre Dame vs Louisville on Saturday night was a 5 OT masterpiece won by ND 104-101. This was reminiscent of the 6 OT Big East Tournament game between UConn and Syracuse. Contests like these make me sad that this is a soon to be defunct conference. This was easily the college basketball game of the year.

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#2 Louisville Cardinals: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Last season was the definition of a rollercoaster ride for the Louisville Cardinals that ended with the team finding their stride at the perfect time.  The Cards claimed the Big East Tournament title and then made a run to the Final Four before being ousted by in-state rival Kentucky.  With a ton of talent returning, Rick Pitino should have his squad back in the championship picture.

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#24 Louisville Cardinals: College Football 77 in 77

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From the Cardinal to the Cardinals, from last year’s top team in the Pac 12 to this year’s top team in the Big East, the 77 in 77 keeps rolling with #24 the Louisville Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater, a big time playmaker at quarterback.

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#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #4 Louisville Cardinals: everything you need to know

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It’s a bluegrass, bourbon, basketball battle. The biggest meeting ever between the two rivals from the state of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken and his secret recipe. It’s the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Louisville Cardinals at the Final Four in New Orleans. Sounds very Southern (and drunk) to me.

Let’s get to it!

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#1 Michigan St. vs. #4 Louisville: everything you need to know

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Michigan State has reached the sweet sixteen in 10 of the last 15 years. Tom Izzo is Mr. March as every player he’s recruited that has stayed in East Lansing all four years has reached at least one Final Four. Remember that whenever you fill out your brackets in future years.

The Big Ten is 9-2 in the tourney so far and comprises one fourth of the sweet sixteen. Purdue was inches away from possibly making it five teams, and 10-1. So remember that next New Year’s Day when the Big Ten gets destroyed by the SEC in bowl games. It’s the best college basketball conference this year, not the best college football conference. (That’s the SEC almost every year)

Challenging the B1G is the Big East and that brings us the Louisville Cardinals.

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Rick Pitino to Leave Louisville, Coaching When Contract Expires in 2017

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The Big East conference will soon lose the man in the ice cream suit. If you find Pitino gross or corrupt, so won’t have him to kick around anymore- in five years. Rick Pitino said yesterday he won’t coach past the 2016-2017 season when his current Louisville Cardinals contract expires.

“When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left,” Pitino said at a news conference before the No. 4 Cardinals play Georgetown on Wednesday. “My contract’s going to run out in 2017. I’m not coaching any more after that.”

 

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Analyzing all 9 Undefeated College Basketball Teams

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Nine undefeated teams left in all of college basketball. And none of them are named Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Duke (I listed them twice because ESPN loves them so much), Ohio State, Florida or Kansas.

In other words, if you’re still undefeated at this point of this season, you are legit- at least to some extent. By mid December, pretty much everyone has played in a conference “challenge” event and participated in a Holiday tournament. if you didn’t pick up an L in either of those situations, then you likely suffered a setback in some quality opponent non-conference scheduling.

Yes, most of the games up to this point have been cupcakes, but no one has really been able to feed on just  cupcakes for over a month. Let’s run through the 9 remaining perfect teams, in order of AP poll ranking.

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#13 Louisville Cardinals: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

For the second straight year, Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals had their season end in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament; this time at the hands of 13th seeded Morehead State.  With several core players returning, the Cards are expected to be a top ten team in 2011-12 though a season-ending injury McDonald’s All-American Wayne Blackshear lowers their expectations a bit.

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Louisville’s Rick Pitino gets Coaching “Pantsed” at Notre Dame

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There’s only one way to describe what happened to the Louisville Cardinals, and their coach Rick Pitino- a college basketball coaching version of getting “pantsed.” You’ve heard of the term “half-time adjustments,” well what about overtime adjustments.

Pitino and Notre Dame’s Mike Brey traded blows for 40 minutes last night, tied at 74 heading to regulation. Then UL just got absolutely owned at Notre Dame, as the Irish started the extra session on a 14-0 run and folded the cards 89-79.

One of the biggest factors contributing to the outcome was ND switching from man to zone at an opportune time.

“We’re big; that group can play zone. We did not talk about it in the timeout. We kind of changed on the fly, and we did a great job. That is veteran guys making it work. That helped us. It changed their rhythm a little bit,” Brey said postgame.

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#15 Louisville falls at #7 Notre Dame in Overtime

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High scoring. Good Shooting. An overtime session dominated by the home team in an extremely spirited venue- this was Big East college basketball at it’s finest.

#14 Louisville tied #7 Notre Dame at 74 when two halves were concluded. However, Irish eyes perked wide open in the extra session, as ND owned the extra five minutes with a 14-0 run. UL didn’t even score in overtime until there was 42.6 seconds remaining.

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Top NBA Small Forward Prospects

here are the top three small forwards in this year’s NBA draft class. To Read the rest click heretwillearlclark

1.     Earl Clark, Louisville
Height: 6-10. Weight: 228. Year: Jr.
Projected Selection: 9-15.

Top ten potential, but heart has been questioned… Incredibly versatile on the offensive end… Can put the ball on the deck, is explosive around the basket, and has a nice mid-range game… Could potentially be a point forward type player since he has handles… Length is an asset on defense, but is not very physical.


2.     Terrence Williams, Louisville
Height: 6-6. Weight: 213. Year: Sr.
Projected Selection: 14-22.

An all-around talent… Has point guard type vision/handles… Great slasher… Solid defender who could guard multiple positions… Agressive rebounder… Has a true passion for the game… Improved jump shooter, but still needs to improve his range and shot selection… Fades in and out of games sometimes.

3.     Austin Daye, Gonzaga
Height: 6-11. Weight: 191. Year: So.
Projected Selection: 13-26.

Tremendous athleticism for someone his height… Can stroke it from three-point land, and also has a nice mid-range game… Smooth player with his back to the basket… Great length helps him defensively… Biggest thing holding him back is his rail thin body which will be dominated at the next level.

here are the top three small forwards in this year’s NBA draft class. To Read the rest click here

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009smallforwards.php