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2014-15 Louisville Cardinals
KFC Yum! Center-- For some the some it's opening day at all ballpark, for others it's the kickoff to football, but here in the Commonwealth it's when the hardwood begins to hit the floor for Midnight Madness or in the Cards case the Red/White Scrimmage.
Here are some of the takeaways from our first look of the UofL Red/White scrimmage.
1) Rozier the real deal? Coach Pitino may be the best when it comes to the hyperbole in terms of talking about the teams the Cards are facing or some of his players but with Terry Rozier the hype seems to be the real deal. The Sophmore guard led all scores for the red team with 25, to go along with his seven boards, six steals and four assists. Many of the experts see Rozier as a star on the rise, it's hard to get a great feel from an Intrasquad scrimmage but Rozier seemed to be at another level vs some of his competition.
2) A New Blackshear? Wayne Blackshear looked like a new player. Very agressive and not settling for jump shots and banging with the bigs. Blackshear had some very nice moves and seems like his ball handling has improved as well. The real measuring stick will come during this tough schedule, will Cardinal fans see the top player recruited out of Chicago or the Wayne who under performs?
3) Preseason All-American? Monztrezl Harell led the way for the winning white team with 24 points and 12-rebounds. Harrell was not in the Yum! Center for fun, he often would give freshmen teammates an ear full when they seemed frightened or nervous. The preseason All-American did not have any real competition in the paint and showed off his new shooting stroke by going 3-of-5 from downtown.
4) How deep is this team? There are a lot of projects on this team. Big's that need to develop and role players that need to be ready to play should foul trouble or injuries that could arise. Freshman 7-footer Anas Mahmoud showed some promise but is raw... His size will trouble any undersize opponent that trys to come into the paint but needs to put on a TON of weight if he wants to be a force. Chinanu Onuaku's also raw, showed a ton of upside in a much needed front court. Onuaku finished the game with nine boards and ten rebounds and seems to understand what Coach Pitino wants from him. The talented Jordan Brand All-American, Shaqquan Aaron only had three points on 1-4 shooting and seems to have a long way to go. Rick Pitino has often compared him to Franciso Garica but like some of the bigs Aaron will need to put on weight and fast in order to seem the court. The Louisville product Quentin 'Q' Snider had a quiet game but did somethings that should have UofL fans excited for... Russ Smith had no memory in terms missed shots, Snider was very similar... He air balled shot after shot just going one-for-six from behind the arc, but continued to shoot, before knocking down a big three to tie the game in the red-white game. Not saying the local freshman is going to be an All-American this year but having a short term memory will help with his growth.
5) Chris Jones the point man. Chris Jones looked to be very confident against the red team during the scrimmage. If there is one thing that can get you out of Coach Pitino's dog house it's the getting your body fat down... The senior point guard has lost ten piunds in the off season and finished with 18-points, eight assist and five steals, he seems to be faster and more inclusive when attacking the basket. Like Monztrezl Harrell, Jones was in the young guys ears whenever the bright lights seems to alter their performance. It is a different approach from what Russ Smith and Peyton Siva did but as one of the captains it is Chris Jones team now and he will have to have to improve on shot sleection if this team wants to make a post season run.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Jones scored nine of his 18 points in the second half, including the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, to give the White team a 75-72 victory over the Red team in the University of Louisville men's basketball team's Red-White Scrimmage, presented by Mark's Feed Store.
With the game knotted at 72 apiece, Jones caught a pass on the wing with time winding down and nailed his second 3 of the game. He also dished out eight assists on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,153 in the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cardinals return to action for their second and final exhibition on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $10 for lower arena seats and $5 for upper arena seats, are on currently on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.
A limited number of tickets are available for UofL students to the scrimmage at no charge. Student tickets -- no more than two for each scrimmage -- must be obtained with a valid student ID in advance at the UofL ticket office.
A preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook and CBSSports.com, Harrell poured in 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting and collected a game-high 12 boards for the White team. He also knocked down three 3-pointers, one more than he hit all of last season.
Anton Gill and Anas Mahmoud also recorded double-digit points for the White team, scoring 14 and 12, respectively. Mahmoud, who had two steals, received a thunderous round of applause one of his three blocks in which he sent Terry Rozier's layup out of play.
The White team held a 10-point lead at the half, largely from the team's 50-percent clip from the field. The group shot hit 17 of their 34 shots.
Terry Rozier connected on 11-of-21 shots en route to a game-high 25 for the Red. He also had one of the best defensive performances of the game, as he totaled six of the team's seven steals.
Wayne Blackshear, who Pitino has pointed during the offseason is making strides for a solid senior campaign, had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||Total|
|Points in the paint-RED 38,WHITE 38. Points off turnovers-RED 19,WHITE 22.|
|2nd chance points-RED 19,WHITE 9. Fast break points-RED 12,WHITE 12.|
|Bench points-RED 5,WHITE 4. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-1 time.|
|Last FG-RED 2nd-00:49, WHITE 2nd-00:04.|
|Largest lead-RED by 2 1st-19:31, WHITE by 16 2nd-17:04.|
|RED led for 00:59. WHITE led for 37:31. Game was tied for 01:30.|
|Officials: Eric Ballinger, Raymonte Dishman, Alfred Smith |
Technical fouls: RED-None. WHITE-None.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The fall of 2015 will start a new chapter for the University of Kentucky football program with the opening of The New CWS, and fans can now start making plans for fall trips to Lexington as the Wildcats’ 2015 schedule, including eight home games, was released Tuesday night.
The challenging 2015 schedule includes non-conference home games against UL Lafayette, EKU, Charlotte and Louisville. Kentucky will play an eight-game Southeastern Conference schedule, facing SEC Eastern Division opponents Florida, Missouri and Tennessee at home and South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt on the road. UK will host Auburn on a Thursday night in Lexington, before traveling to Mississippi State the following weekend to complete play against SEC Western Division opponents.
Kentucky will start its 2015 season at home on Sept. 5 against UL Lafayette, marking the second straight season UK has opened a season at home after neutral-site or true road game season openers the previous six seasons. The Wildcats start SEC play at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina on Sept. 12, before returning to Lexington to start a four-game home stretch, including contests against Florida on Sept. 19 and Missouri on Sept. 26 to complete the month of September.
The Wildcats will leave conference play to start October, hosting in-state foe EKU on Oct. 3, before an open date on Oct. 10 and a Thursday home game vs. Auburn on Oct. 15. It will be Kentucky’s first-ever Thursday home game. Kentucky concludes the month of October by traveling to Mississippi State on Oct. 24 and hosting Tennessee on Oct. 31. It will be the earliest UK and UT have met since 1909.
UK starts November on the road, traveling to Georgia on Nov. 7 and Vanderbilt on Nov. 14. The VU game will conclude SEC action for the Wildcats as they play host to Charlotte on Nov. 21 and in-state rival Louisville on Nov. 28 to conclude regular-season play. It will be the first time UK has ended the regular season with consecutive non-conference games since joining the SEC in 1933.
For the 24th consecutive year, the 2015 regular season will culminate with the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, December 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The complete 2015 schedule and notes about the schedule are below.
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2015 Schedule Notes:
|Date||Opponent||2014 Record||2014 Ranking (as of Oct. 12)|
|Sept. 5||UL Lafayette||2-3||not ranked|
|Sept. 12||at South Carolina||3-3||receiving votes in AP|
|Sept. 19||Florida||3-2||not ranked|
|Sept. 26||Missouri||4-2||not ranked|
|Oct. 3||EKU||6-0||No. 12 in FCS Coaches’ Poll|
|Oct. 10||Open Date||-||-|
|Oct. 15 (Thu.)||Auburn||5-1||No. 6 AP; No. 8 USA Today|
|Oct. 24||at Mississippi State||6-0||No. 1 AP; No. 1 USA Today|
|Oct. 31||Tennessee||3-3||not ranked|
|Nov. 7||at Georgia||5-1||No. 10 AP; No. 10 USA Today|
|Nov. 14||at Vanderbilt||2-5||not ranked|
|Nov. 21||Charlotte||3-4||not ranked|
|Nov. 28||Louisville||5-2||receiving votes in AP|
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Via: Gary Parrish of CBS Sports
Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell averaged 14 ppg for the Cardinals last season
It is rare for not a single Associated Press First-Team All-American, Second-Team All-American or Third-Team All-American to return to college the following season -- proof being how this is just the second time since 2003 that such has actually happened.But such did actually happen.
Which leaves us with few familar faces in college basketball. Doug McDermott, Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Napier, Jabari Parker, Russ Smith, Julius Randle, Nik Stauskas and pretty much every other player a casual fan might recognize is gone. The byproduct is that there probably won't be more than one or two consensus preseason All-Americans this year, if any. But that just makes the process more interesting, and, with that, I can tell you that the
5-11 | Junior | Guard
VanVleet is a natural point guard in possession of all of the intangibles coaches love. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 assists last season while leading Wichita State to 35 wins and earning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors.
6-1 | Junior | Guard
P.J. Hairston losing his eligibility last season forced UNC coach Roy Williams to ask Paige to score more, and the Iowa native was excellent in that role. He averaged 17.5 points while shooting 38.9 percent from the field and leading the Tar Heels to a 13-5 ACC record.
6-7 | Soph. | Forward
This accolade is rooted in the idea that Hollis-Jefferson's role will expand, at which point, I think, he'll become the best college player -- even if Stanley Johnson is Arizona's best pro prospect -- on a top-five team. Hollis-Jefferson averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds last season in 25.3 minutes per game while helping the Wildcats finish 33-5.
6-8 | Junior | Foward
Of all the prospects who returned to college, Harrell's decision to delay a pro career was the most surprising, and by a wide margin. The junior forward would've been a top-20 pick, almost certainly, after averaging 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds for a 31-win team. Now he's a preseason All-American who will play a third season of college in a third different league.
6-11 | Freshman | Center
Okafor is the lone freshman on the First Team. The MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game should be dominant at the college level right from the start, then be the No. 1 overall pick in next June's NBA Draft considering he's probably the most intriguing traditional center prospect to enter college since Greg Oden.
6-1 | Senior | Guard
Staten did a little of everything for West Virginia last season while averaging 18.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds (and shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range). The only thing that'll prevent him from being a serious National Player of the Year candidate is the uncertainty about whether his team will be good enough.
6-7 | Junior | Guard
LeVert is on track to be the next relatively unheralded guard (like Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas) to enroll at Michigan and become a lottery pick. He averaged 12.9 points and 4.3 rebounds last season while shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range on a team where he was basically the third option offensively.
6-6 | Junior | Forward
Petteway was the Big Ten's breakout star last season while averagng 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first year with the Huskers. If Nebraska is going to be a factor in the league, Petteway will need to be just as great as he was last season, if not better.
6-7 | Junior | Forward
Dekker measured at 6-foot-9 this summer, meaning he's basically grown two inches in the past year. That should make him more of a matchup nightmare for opponents, and allow him to improve on averages of 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds from last season.
7-0 | Senior | Center
No player, outside of maybe VanVleet, transitioned from reserve-to-star more impressively last season than Kaminsky. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in his first season of playing at least 11 minutes per game, and his 28-point, 11-rebound effort against Arizona lifted Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to his first Final Four.
6-1 | Freshman | Guard
Jones, like VanVleet, is a natural point guard and leader handpicked by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to run a team that should win the ACC. He was the leading assist man in both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
6-3 | Junior | Guard
Baker averaged 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season and will undoubtedly be asked to score more now that Cleanthony Early is in the NBA. In two years, he's gone from a mostly unknown recruit to a legitimate NBA prospect.
6-6 | Freshman | Forward
Johnson was terrific for USA Basketball this summer and should be great for the Wildcats, too. He's the latest one-and-done prospect to enroll at Arizona, a likely lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
6-8 | Jr. | Forward
Niang averaged 16.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season before breaking a foot in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. He's healthy now and in better shape than ever, meaning Niang is a reasonable option for Big 12 Player of the Year.
6-11 | Freshman | Forward
Towns is the reigning Gatorade High School Player of the Year and a probable lottery pick whenever he enters the NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 center averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks as a prep senior in New Jersey, and, it should be noted, he also made 127 3-pointers over his final three years of high school.
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There was no shortage of stars on a crazy Saturday in the SEC, but we’ll do our best to narrow it down to five deserving recipients of this week’s SEC helmet stickers:
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: We knew he was a dominant runner who could also catch balls out of the backfield, but who knew Gurley could also pass? The left-hander took a direct snap and connected with Jeb Blazevich for a 50-yard gain in Saturday’s win against Vanderbilt. With 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, Gurley (3,147) now trails only Herschel Walker and Garrison Hearst on Georgia’s career rushing list.
Jojo Kemp, RB, Kentucky: Kemp helped lead Kentucky back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter by notching a pair of fourth-quarter scores in the Wildcats’ 45-38 upset of South Carolina, one of the SEC East’s preseason favorites. A year after going 2-10, Kentucky is off to an impressive 4-1 start and should jump to 5-1 next week against Louisiana-Monroe. Kemp was the leading figure Saturday in the Wildcats’ biggest win under Mark Stoops, finishing with 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn: Other SEC players have been getting more Heisman Trophy buzz, but Marshall just keeps turning in big games for one of the most explosive offenses in college football. He and the Auburn offense completely dominated LSU on Saturday night, scoring on each of their first four possessions en route to a 41-7 win. All four of Marshall’s touchdowns came in the first half, making him the first Auburn player to produce four touchdowns in an opening half since Heisman winner Cam Newton in 2010. Marshall finished 14-for-22 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 119 yards and two more scores.
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Speaking of Heisman contenders, we can’t leave out Mississippi State’s quarterback, who turned in another dominant performance in a win against Texas A&M. The final score shows that State won by only 17 points, but this was a total rout thanks in large part to Prescott’s five-touchdown performance. Linebacker Richie Browndeserves a hat tip for tying a school record with three interceptions, but Prescott was the star of the Bulldogs’ 48-31 win by going 19-for-25 for 259 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 77 yards and three more scores.
Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss: Tuning out the insane atmosphere in Oxford, Wallace tossed a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter -- including the game winner to Jaylen Walton with 2:54 to play -- to lead the Rebels past No. 3 Alabama. Ole Miss’ stingy defense held Alabama to just a field goal in the second half, giving Wallace the opportunity to lead the Rebels’ comeback. He finished 18-for-31 for 251 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 32
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For the first time ever, basketball fans in Louisville will be able to enjoy a live NBA game at the KFC Yum! Center when the 2013 NBA Champion Miami HEAT take on the New Orleans Pelicans in an exhibition game on Saturday, October 4.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Safety Gerod Holliman has been named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week after his performance in Louisville's 34-3 win over FIU last Saturday.
Making his first collegiate start, Holliman collected two interceptions in the win over FIU, returning one 32 yards in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 14-0 lead. He would add another interception on the next possession to set up another score.
A native of Miami, Fla., Holliman leads the nation in interceptions with five this season, which matches Charles Gaines' team-leading total from last season.
The Cardinals return home this week to face Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Also here is a sneak peak of the Adidas Football team uniforms they will wear Oct. 30th against Florida State.
There are no games scheduled for today.