Saturday, December 11, 2010
ESPN describes his strengths thusly...
Rodney is a slasher supreme. He is impossible to keep out of the lane at times. He is very strong and a very good athlete. His quickness, strength, size and solid handle allow him to get where ever he wants on the court, whenever he wants. Purvis is very good in transition and is a big finisher. His jumper is respectable to 15 feet and Rodney is a solid rebounder with his strong body, excellent leaping ability and aggressiveness. He is an excellent passer and often finds his open teammates on his drives into the lane. He is wired to score and simply gets buckets when on the floor.He was offered scholarships by every school under the sun, and holy crap, can this kid take it to the hole...
Friday, December 10, 2010
Full story here.
One win away from a storybook ending... one that could have a transformative effect on men's soccer at U of L, and the athletic department as a whole. Go Cards!
In a completely unscientific Florida blog poll for Urban Meyer's replacement, Mullen is the runaway winner amongst fans with 57% of the vote. Our old friend Bobby Petrino is there too with 10%, while Charlie Strong is only logging 6% of the tally.
None of this matters, of course. But unless a quick hire is made, I expect Strong's name to come up more and more when he travels back to Gator Country for the bowl. Fan sentiment does play at least some role in the hiring process, if only as an indication of the zeitgeist of the program.
So if the Gators strike out on their first choice, Strong's name will likely gain speed as a safe, proven, well-liked figure to re-bring in.
For this brief moment, pray that Charlie Strong flies under the radar.
God I hate this feeling.
These games have all been intense, Freedom Hall was rocking like a tournament-game two years ago, and UNLV returned the favor last season with an intense atmosphere. Something about the Rebs really gets under my skin, I don't know if it's former Wildcat Derrick Jasper continuing to hang around, or their bush league fans, but I really want to beat this team.
I suspect the Evan Williams Bar won't be getting quite as much in-game business tomorrow.
Watch below to get your blood boiling and remember the UNLV crowd chant a deafening "OVER-RA-TED" as the clock ticked down last year. They defeated the then #16 ranked Cards. Then they stormed the court.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
In a frustrating night on offense, it really was something to watch him enter "screw this, I'm taking this thing over" mode. When I watch Siva play, I'm always reminded of a finely-tuned car, the way he can change speeds and go from 0 to 60 in moments. He doesn't play full-throttle all the time, instead seeming to put it in cruise control, trying to get the entire team involved on offense. But when the team is faltering, (and to completely wear this metaphor into the ground) it's good to know he has that extra gear he can drop it into when the team needs a burst.
A few other things...
* Terrence Jennings is quickly becoming one of my favorite UofL dunkers. Not in their variety, but in their metronome-like similarity. The way he always slams it home with two-handed authority, a brief stylish moment of rim-hanging, and then the shoulder-swagger as he hustles back down court like his torso can't move. Cracks me up.
* Mike Marra is a strange sharpshooter. He's either deadly accurate or wildly off. It's bizarre, but he's still our most dangerous offensive weapon.
* After beginning his Louisville career with flourish, Elisha Justice has taken a step back in his last two outings. I know he hangs his hat on being a distributor, but you gotta shoot the ball Bullet! I counted at least three open looks he passed on. Pretty much the entire offense at this point seems designed to get those good looks. Maybe it's freshman jitters, but he's too good a shooter to pass them up. Pitino's offense isn't for the trigger-shy. Just hang out with Preston Knowles more, he'll show you the ropes.
That's all. Not much more you can take from that game I don't think. But if you had told me preseason that the biggest complaint for this team would be about its scheduling because they were blowing everyone out, I'd have been thrilled. No one saw that coming from this squad.
Bring on the Rebs.
Tonight is another example of the different scheduling philosophies being employed by Kentucky coach John Calipari and Rick Pitino of Louisville this season.UK returns to Freedom Hall to play unbeaten Notre Dame, which is ranked 36th nationally in the latest Pomeroy computer rankings and 23rd in the human polls. Louisville remains tucked in the KFC Yum! Center, where the Cards have played every game this season. The opponent Wednesday night is 3-4 San Francisco, which is 226 in the Pomeroy ratings.
David Fox -- And yet, at the end of the year, UofL will have played a tougher schedule. Coach Cal has yet to prove he can win in a premier league.Willie -- Agreed. what is the point in comparing schedules now, compare them at the end of the year and see who has played the toughest schedule. I will take all bets that U of L schedule has a higher RPI at the end of the year than UK’s.
Anotherguy2010 -- Why not compare the schedules after the SEC/Big East Season starts? This is clearly slanted to say that UK will have the toughest schedule which everyone in the nation agrees is false. UK has to play these games because they are in a league that is just a step up from Conference USA (even that can be debated)
Sean -- I think it’s silly to compare schedules and BE vs SEC. Who cares? All that matters is who wins the UL v UK game and then after that its how far you go in March.I am a UK fan and I could care less who UL plays and how strong BE is. I just want to beat UL and be in contention for the Final Four in March.
John Bowman -- Of course, two of the fantastic teams UK has played are in Louisville’s conference and the Cards will face both more than once. And, of course, Rick Pitino is directly responsible for Butler’s unexpected shortcomings. And of course, one reason UConn is unbeaten is that UK lost to them. And one reason Butler has disappointed is because Louisville beat them.
Chris -- C’mon, man! Have you been reduced to writing hack-job articles to get everyone to read them. If you’re going to compare the schedules, compare the whole schedules. You can skew the numbers of anything to prove a point. It doesn’t mean it’s correct. I know the OOC schedule of U of L is weak. Everyone does. The fact of the matter is that the Cards play many more ranked opponents than UK overall. The Cats play one in-conference ranked team. That is way worse then meaningless OOC schedules. Win the weak SEC and have a great record and seed. Finish middle of the pack in Big East and suffer the consequences, with or whitout a great OOC record. I expected you to write a better piece than this. You sound like a Cat fan even though I know you are not. I’ll tell you what, I’d rather go to terrible OOC and Big East home schedule we have than the OOC and home schedule that UK has with the weak SEC. GO Cards !!!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Louisville, led by highly acclaimed first-year head coach Charlie Strong, has accepted the BIG EAST bid into the 2010 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, where the Cardinals will face Southern Mississippi. The game will be played at Tropicana Field Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg is in its third year.
"The Louisville and Southern Miss matchup is a big win for college football fans," said Executive Director Brett Dulaney. "These are two programs that have always played an exciting brand of football and the matchup features a defensive-minded Louisville head coach against a Southern Miss coach, who has his team scoring nearly 40-points a game."
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said, "I'm very proud of this football team, but I'm especially happy for our senior class to get to a bowl game and have the opportunity to play one more game. Our team has worked hard and dedicated themselves to earn a bowl game, and I'm so happy for them. We are pleased to represent the BIG EAST Conference against Southern Miss in this outstanding bowl are looking forward to this outstanding opportunity."
Tom Jurich, Louisville Vice President and Athletics Director Tom Jurich, added, "We are thrilled to be traveling to the Beef O'Brady's Bowl. It's a great accomplishment to reach a bowl game in Charlie's first year here. He and our team have worked hard and done a terrific job getting us to this stage. I know our fans will be excited to follow this team to St. Petersburg. It's in the heart of a strong recruiting base for us and we have a very active alumni group in that area. Southern Mississippi has an excellent team and is an institution in which we have great respect. We have many friends there from the competition we've had over the years."
Maybe even some of the teams usually dumped in the second tier of the conference will find their fast starts can roll over into January and beyond — all the way into postseason play. The new coach Steve Lavin has St. John’s off to a 6-1 start with a Great Alaska Shootout championship. Entering Saturday’s games, Providence was 7-1 and Pitino’s Cardinals, picked eighth in the Big East’s preseason poll, were 5-0.
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