It’s a Win for the Home Team in Louisville KY’s First-Ever Pro Soccer Match Saturday, Mar 28 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 28, 2015) – Behind goals from Magnus Rasmussen and Charlie Adams Louisville City FC won their first ever USL match by a final score of 2-0 in front of 6,067 fans in attendance at Slugger Field.

soccerAfter a back-and-forth opening twenty minutes, Rasmussen got behind the Saint Louis FC backline, stayed onside and slotted it past the keeper sending the home crowd into a frenzy. With the purple smoke bellowing from the supporters section, Rasmussen celebrated with his teammates as the first player in franchise history to score a goal.

’s lead seemed in jeopardy when a ball went bouncing into the box in stoppage time of the first half. LCFC goalkeeper, Scott Goodwin had to make a brilliant save to keep the visitors from equalizing. It was the last play of the first half and City FC went into the locker room with the momentum.

To start the second half, Charlie Adams was one of a handful of substitutes to make his way onto the pitch and the midfielder from England made an impact immediately. After serving up a couple of corners, Adams doubled the score for .

In the 67th minute, Guy Abend settled the ball in the box and laid it off for Charlie Adams who’s strike went top shelf into the back of the net.

Jermie Lynch was the hero for Saint Louis FC last week in a preseason match with Tulsa and nearly got his team on the board. Lynch sent one wide in the 73rd minute and forced Goodwin to make another save in stoppage.

The final whistle followed Lynch’s last chance and City FC took all three points in their home opener.

will be on the road next Saturday in Richmond and will have their next home game on Friday, April 16th versus the Rochester Rhinos.

Ticket Information:

For those who have yet to purchase their season tickets, they are still on-sale, and can be purchased by visitingwww.CityFC.com/tickets.

Guess Who’s in the NCAA Elite Eight? – Louisville Cardinals Saturday, Mar 28 2015 

from GoCards.com…

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game.

Harrell scored 24 points, Gill keyed a late-game surge with seven points off the bench, and beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

”We don’t want to go home,” said Harrell, a junior who plans to enter the NBA Draft. ”We took our bumps and bruises throughout the season, but we came together at the right time. Everything just gelled at the right time.”

(27-8), the fourth seed in the East and seeking to make its third Final Four in four years, will play seventh-seeded Michigan State in the East final on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. on CBS.

These Cards are in the Elite Eight. Photo By: Jeff Reinking, U of L

These Cards are in the Elite Eight. Photo By: Jeff Reinking, U of L

After toppling top-seeded Villanova, North Carolina State (22-14), the eighth seed, saw its postseason run end against a team that refused to quit.

”Late in the game they made some plays there that were the difference,” N.C. state coach Mark Gottfried said. ”He (Gill) made a couple of tough shots there. I thought it was that little stretch that gave them the cushion, and it was the difference in the game.”

wasn’t given much chance of playing in late March after it lost two of three entering the NCAA Tournament, but gritty wins over UC Irvine and Northern Iowa had the Cardinals brimming with confidence.

Guard Terry Rozier had 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and freshman guard Quentin Snider added 14 points for the Cardinals.

coach Rick Pitino has a 12-1 record in Sweet 16 games, 6-1 with the Cardinals.

Trevor Lacey led the Wolfpack with 18 points, while Ralston Turner had 12 and Kyle Washington 11.

Speedy guard Anthony ”Cat” Barber, the spark of the Wolfpack’s attack, finished with eight points on 3-of-14 shooting, only briefly getting untracked early in the second half.

Before the game, Pitino promised a surprise and Gill delivered. Gill, who averaged 9.5 minutes and 2.4 points during the season, hit a runner and a 3 from the right corner in a span of a minute as regained the lead late in a seesaw game. He followed with a tough baseline drive through traffic for a 62-57 lead with 3:33 left.

”Anton and I had an interesting conversation the other day,” Pitino said. ”I said, `You’re going to get your opportunity, son.’ He went in and basically won the game for us.”

And he did it against his hometown team.

After Gill’s drive, Lacey missed and Rozier stormed back on a fast break, his off-balance shot caroming in off the back of the iron as Turner committed a foul. Rozier calmly made the free throw to complete a three-point play for a 65-57 lead with 3:05 left.

Harrell’s driving layup with 1:41 to go boosted the lead to 67-57 and that effectively put an end to the Wolfpack’s postseason run.

”That stretch right there, they had some separation right at that point of the game,” Gottfried said. ”That’s what the game’s about.”

The Wolfpack’s bigs faltered repeatedly inside as outscored N.C. State 40-24 in the paint and finished 27 of 54 from the field. State’s BeeJay Anya, Abdul-Malik Abu and Lennard Freeman combined to shoot 4 of 14 and registered just two blocks, two fewer than the Cardinals.

Before the start of the second half, Gottfried pulled Barber aside at the bench, put his arm around his neck and gave him a pep talk before tapping him on the rear end. Held scoreless in the first half, Barber responded by draining two 3-pointers to boost the Wolfpack’s lead to 39-31.

Unfazed, responded with a 16-2 run to regain the lead. Snider hit a 3 from the right wing just seconds after Mangok Mathiang had stuffed Abu at the rim and two free throws by Wayne Blackshear put the Cardinals up 47-41 with 12:58 left.

Determined to keep its storybook run going, the Wolfpack rallied again. Lacey’s 3 from the top of the key gave them a 54-53 lead with 7:15 left.

N.C. State rallied from 16 points down in the second half against LSU and won by a point on Anya’s basket with 0.1 on the clock, then imposed its will on Villanova.

They were unable to duplicate that performance against the Cardinals, who limited N.C. State to 38.3 percent shooting (23 of 60).

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N.C. State: The Wolfpack were wildly inconsistent all season. They handed Duke its first loss of the season, but also lost by double digits to Clemson. They went from not winning consecutive games for more than two months – State went 6-10 from mid-December to mid-February – to closing the season with five wins in six games, something they hadn’t done in 27 years.

: The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight regional semifinal games. … Pitino moved to 53-17 in the tournament, tying Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim among active coaches in tournament wins. … It was the 21st Sweet 16 appearance and a school-record fourth straight for , which has made two of the past three Final Fours, winning the title in 2013.

UP NEXT

N.C. State: Season over.

: Michigan State on Sunday in East Regional final.

The Week in Louisville KY — Puppies and Rainbows in Your News Feed Friday, Mar 27 2015 

Here’s what’s dominating, or clogging, your news feed this week:

Paula's puppies, Max and Riley

Paula’s puppies, Max and Riley

Puppies: It was National Puppy Day on Monday, so all your dog-loving friends, and my girlfriend Paula, posted pictures of their puppies on Facebook.

Rainbows: Good news for homophobic caterers in Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the deceptively named “Religious Freedom” bill that allows businesses to refuse to provide services to gays. All they have to do is say it’s against their religion. Convention planners, and many others fair-minded folks, reacted by threatening to refuse to do business in Indiana. (Courier-Journal)

Dawne Gee Day: In the same week the WAVE-3 anchor was honored by the Mayor and received the Women of Courage award at the Women on the Move Luncheon, she got the good news that she won’t have to go through chemo in her latest health challenge. Expect her back on the air soon. (WAVE-3)

Showcase on Costco: The deal is real. Costco is coming to the old Showcase Cinemas site on Bardstown Road. The theater there closed in 2004, and now the Ford plant is going to have to find a new place to store vehicles.  (C-J)

This Could Be Why It Happened: It seems less likely the new Costco will have the eyesore Economy Inn as a neighbor.  Owners have 30 days to clean up or be shut down. I’m betting on the shut down option. (C-J)

Helsinki Sluggers: The Louisville Slugger brand no longer is owned by locals. Wilson Sporting Goods, owned by a Finland firm, will take over the brand.  (Breitbart)

Winston Bennett’s Picks: Take a listen to the Rusty Satellite Show to hear how Winston Bennett sees the Final Four, (though one of his teams has since been eliminated), and how he’s faring in the insurance business in his hometown. (Rusty Satellite Show)

Prank King: The show also features local comedian and prankster Tom Mabe, who recently fooled a bunch of folks at Seneca Park with an Invisible Airplane. (KY.com)

Bellarmine Done: Unlike the Division I tournament, most folks around here can unite behind one team, the Bellarmine Knights, in Division II. But Scott Davenport’s ballers came up one game short of the ‘ship. (Catholic Sports Net)

Suicide Numbers: If you’ve been affected by suicide, and you probably have, this piece will show you’re not alone, and that there are lots of efforts to prevent it. (Insider )

Kickin’ It: Here’s an event some thought would never happen. The new City FC soccer team opens its season at Slugger Field Saturday.  (KY.c0m)

GO CARDS! — Tipoff for tonight’s Sweet 16 game against N.C. State is 7:37 p.m. on TBS.

 

 

 

Bellarmine’s Season Ends at Elite Eight in Evansville Friday, Mar 27 2015 

from Paul Najjar, Catholic Sports Net

EVANSVILLE, IN – In the end, the only numbers that mattered were 79-76. No. 1-ranked Florida Southern College’s All-American guard Kevin Capers drained a three pointer with 0:08 left to break a 76-76 deadlock to lead his team to victory over the No. 3-ranked Bellarmine Knights in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament at the Ford Center.

Bellarmine coach Scotty Davenport

Bellarmine coach Scotty Davenport. Photo-Bill Brymer

An epic clash that, combined with the first time these teams matched up last December, proved to be two of the best games played at any level this year.

“I’m going to take you back to the first Bellarmine game,” Capers, who finished with 17 points, said in answering a question about his late-game winner. “I missed the buzzer-beater in regulation and they’ve been picking on me ever since then. We drew up a play. I was going to drive but No. 12 (Jake Thelen) was sitting in the paint so I backed up and took the shot.”

The Moccasins (35-1) advanced to the Division II championship game Saturday against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and they did it on the strength of timely shooting, 12 steals and forcing 20 Bellarmine turnovers. Even though the Knights outrebounded the Moccs by a wide margin, 44-24, it was those turnovers and the resulting 25 points FSC scored off of them that helped make the difference.

“I thought at the beginning of the game we played unbelievable, probably the best we played all year,” Florida Southern head coach Linc Darner said. “We got up by 18 and we knew they were going to make a run. They did a great job coming back. But with four minutes left I told my assistant that I was going to put the five seniors in and that we’d win it with them or lose it with them. They came in and did a great job.”

It was an early barrage of threes that keyed that big FSC lead along with some miscommunication by the Bellarmine defenders. With the Knights up 7-6, Florida Southern’s Dominique Williams (team high 22 points) went all-galaxy on Bellarmine draining five consecutive three pointers with Tyler Kelly adding a sixth to take a 24-9 lead with 12:16 remaining, eventually taking a 29-11 lead with 10:48 left in the half.

“I tried to come out aggressive and tried not to think about it too much,” Williams said. “They put me on the team to shoot so, that’s what I do. Playing in front of their crowd is very difficult. We have a big support group, but their fan club is, by far, one of the best.”

At that point, Bellarmine (31-4) dug-in on both ends of the floor as Jake Thelen and Chris Whitehead led the comeback charge along with Corbin Maynard who hit two of his three three pointers during that comeback. The Knights outscored the Mocs 25-11 to close out the half cutting the FSC lead to 40-36.

“In the first few minutes of the game we didn’t defend well or rebound well at all,” Thelen said. “We knew if we picked up those things that we’d cut the lead. Coach said ‘try to be down six before halftime’ and we cut it to four and we had all the momentum in the world.”

Midway through the second half the Knights were down 60-55 when Whitehead hit two layups and Corbin Maynard drained a three to give BU a 62-60 lead. Another momentum shift.

But just moments later, after FSC tied the score at 62, Bubby Johnson was called for a foul. The official scorer had him for five fouls and signaled to the referees that he was out of the game. Only problem there was that the Florida Southern scorekeeper and the Bellarmine scorekeeper had Johnson assigned with four fouls. Even the television announcers were signaling across the court with four fingers.

That’s when the game took an unfortunate turn as the officials took nearly nine minutes to determine how many fouls Johnson actually had. A grueling ordeal for all involved and all involved agreed that it took quite a bit of starch out of the Bellarmine momentum.

“We were trying to get the game going back because we had great momentum,” Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport said of the delay. “We come back from 15, 16 down in the first half. We’re down at the under-12 timeout and we wanted to take the game in four minute segments and we were right on schedule. We gained a lead and we wanted the game to get going. As to what happened? I don’t know.”

Nor did anyone else. Not even the NCAA tournament officials, the guys in the suits, had an explanation for several things that happened, most notably the extraordinary delay midway through the second half. 

When asked for an opportunity to speak to the referees or if the NCAA officials would make a statement, all queries were denied. 

After all that long delay, it was determined that Johnson had four fouls and Thelen hit two free throws, followed by a Suggs twisting jumper in the lane and two more free throws from Whitehead stretching the Bellarmine lead to 68-63 with 6:13 to play.

Two minutes later, with Bellarmine holding a 72-67 lead, another oddity occurred. As Williams canned his sixth three pointer, a foul was called away from the ball. One official called the foul before the shot, another called the basket good and motioned that the foul was during the shot. The officials again went to the monitor and credited Williams for a three point play and sent Michael Volovic to the line for a one-and-one opportunity. He made both to tie the score at 72-72. The oh-so-rare five point play.

Bellarmine scored twice to take a four point lead, but a Stephen Battle (16 points) layup and a jumper by Capers set the stage for the All-American’s game winning three.

“They just made a great play,” Davenport said. “We defended arguably the best player in America in Capers and he hit a big-time shot. Give him all the credit in the world because he made a great shot.”

Thelen’s All-American season comes to an end as he finished with 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Whitehead led all scorers with 24 points and six assists. Rusty Troutman scored 11 and added seven rebounds.

“You couldn’t ask for a better season,” Thelen said. “These fifteen guys on the team are the best friends I have. It hurts to lose, but what hurts the worst is not being able to play with these guys ever again.”

The players on both teams played championship basketball. The coaches coached at championship caliber. All totaled, these two teams battled for 85 minutes this year and Florida Southern came out on top in both meetings. They left all of us the gift of two outstanding games that will be talked about for years to come.

“When you ask a son or a daughter to do the best they can do, mentally and physically, they’re a champion,” Davenport said. “This team may not have a trophy, but they’re champions. They have the heart of champions, the work ethic of champions and a trophy doesn’t define a champion. The qualities of individuals and groups define champions. This basketball team, these young men are champions.”

And that makes them, the “Family”—including all of Knights Nation—No. 1 in the end.

Pro Soccer’s Debut on Tap in Louisville KY Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 

LOUISVILLE, KY — It’s a game years in the making. For so many fans of the beautiful game around Louisville, Kentuckiana, and the state, it is a dream coming to fruition. At 3:00 pm Saturday professional soccer will arrive in a big way to the Derby City.

Slugger Field will transition into a soccer pitch for the first ever meeting between City FC and Saint Louis FC. A game that has been deemed the “Kings Cup” will kick off the 2015 USL season for both clubs.

Tickets for the match are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.CityFC.com or by calling 502-384-8799. The game will also be broadcasted live on YouTube and live stats will also be provided.

“It will be an historic day for all at LCFC, we have waited a long time for this and are really excited to get our season started,” said City FC head coach James O’Connor. “Our players have worked very hard throughout preseason, it’s been a challenge with all the snow we have had but we have been delighted with the players attitude and approach.”

FCPreview City is coming into the inaugural season opener following a highly successful preseason where the club finished unbeaten, outscoring opponents 13-3. The preseason concluded with a 2-1 win over NASL Indy 11 last weekend.

Niall McCabe got City FC on the scoreboard with a 40-yard strike and Matt Fondy tapped in the game winner midway through the second half for his fourth goal in four games. LCFC allowed a goal off a set piece ending a four-game streak of clean sheets.

Saint Louis FC travled to Oklahoma for a Friendly versus USL Western Conference foe, Tulsa. The Roughnecks led 1-0 for most of the second half until Jermie Lynch came on as a substitute. Lynch buried a pair of goals, including a 90th minute strike to give STLFC the win and a 2-2 record in the preseason.

“St Louis are a brand new team as well and we are thrilled to play them for the Kings cup each year,” O’Connor said. “It will help both teams establish a fan base and we are excited by the challenge this brings.”

For the Coopers and the Saint Louligans, this game has been much anticipated. A rivalry that is at it’s infancy is sure to be taken to new heights with both teams kickoff their first ever USL campaign.

  • DAY: Saturday, March 28th
  • TIME: 3:00 pm
  • WHERE:  Slugger Field
  • Players to Watch From Saint Louis: Jermie Lynch, Charles Renken, Brandon Barklage

Ticket Information:

The game on March 28th is one of 14 regular season home games for City FC. The club will also be hosting a friendly or possibly a U.S. Open Cup match to fulfill the fifteen games offered to season ticket holders.

For those who have yet to purchase their season tickets, they are still on-sale, and can be purchased by visitingwww.CityFC.com/tickets.

Mint Julep, Old Forester Version, Coming to Louisville KY Stores in March Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 

LOUISVILLE, KY — Old Forester Mint Julep, a 60-proof ready-to-serve cocktail made with Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, will be available for sale in select stores as of late-March. In addition to stores, Churchill Downs® will serve Old Forester Mint Julep, recently named “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®,” during the 141st Kentucky Derby®.

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 7.13.21 AMOld Forester Mint Julep is sold in a commemorative 1L Kentucky Derby bottle with a horse-themed neck wrap for a suggested retail price of $24.99 which will vary by location. The ready-to-serve cocktail makes it easy to enjoy a 10-second mint julep (just unscrew and pour over crushed ice), and lends an authenticity to any Derby party as it’s the same product which will be served to race fans on Derby Day. Churchill Downs expects to sell 120,000 mint juleps over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

While Old Forester was introduced in 1870 and the Kentucky Derby in 1875, the 141st Kentucky Derby marks the first time the two long-standing Louisville traditions have come together officially. In addition to stores in Kentucky, Old Forester Mint Julep will be sold in 35 markets across the U.S.

 

Wilson Picks Up Louisville Slugger Brand Rights, Factory Stays Here Monday, Mar 23 2015 

From Louisville Slugger. . .

Historic agreement brings together two century-old, storied American brands at the forefront of innovating, shaping and growing diamond sports on the global stage

Chicago, IL and , KY – This is a historic day in the baseball and softball business. Wilson®, the Official Glove of Major League Baseball® (MLB) will now take the field with Slugger®, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports Corporation, and Slugger, a division of Hillerich & Bradsby, Co., (H&B), announced today that Wilson has acquired global brand, sales and innovation rights to Slugger from H&B. The deal is pending H&B shareholder approval.

 Slugger Bat Factory

Bill Brymer photo

Under the terms of the agreement, H&B will become Wilson’s exclusive manufacturing partner for wood bats. H&B will manufacture all Slugger-branded MLB, Minor League Baseball, amateur player and souvenir wood bats for Wilson. H&B will continue to manufacture wood bats at the Company’s downtown factory.

H&B will also maintain ownership and continue to operate the highly successful Slugger Museum & Factory and Gift Shop, a cornerstone of the city’s tourism business. H&B’s Bionic Gloves division and Powerbilt golf brand are not part of the agreement with Wilson.

“The decision to sell the Slugger brand was a difficult and serious one to make. The Hillerich family, and those closest to the brand, firmly believes that a new business model is necessary to realize the enormous potential of this brand in the future,” said John A. Hillerich IV, Chief Executive Officer of H&B. “We recognized from our first conversation with Wilson that they would be a great partner and steward of the brand our family created and so many have nurtured for 131 years.”

“The Wilson brands – Wilson, DeMarini and ATEC – all have great presences in baseball and softball,” Hillerich continued. “Wilson has the financial resources, research and development staff and structure, and the experience with big brands to create great synergy and grow the Slugger business, ensuring that it will remain synonymous with baseball for decades to come.”

“We are excited to welcome Slugger into the Wilson family. Growing our baseball and softball business globally is a key business strategy, and H&B has created one of the most recognizable baseball brands in the world,” said Mike Dowse, President of Wilson Sporting Goods, Co. “We believe Slugger will enrich our company significantly, enhance our baseball and softball product offering at all levels of the game, and ensure we are delivering only the best performance products to athletes of every age.”

Wilson will market and sell Slugger-branded products through its baseball and softball business unit. The Company currently manufactures and sells high performance gloves, bats, uniforms, apparel, protective gear, accessories, and player development equipment and training tools through its Wilson, DeMarini and ATEC brands. Like its DeMarini brand, Wilson will market and sell Slugger as a stand-alone brand, similar to how it is sold today.

For the industry and baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch softball players, the Wilson and Slugger agreement greatly accelerates new research and technology initiatives and product development to support every type and level of baseball and softball player.

Wilson intends to grow the Slugger brand domestically and abroad utilizing its R&D, sourcing, distribution, and sales and marketing infrastructure, and the deep global resources of its parent company Amer Sports.

N. Iowa (Kurt Warner U) Stands Between Louisville and Sweet 16 Sunday, Mar 22 2015 

Today the Louisville Cardinals face Northern Iowa for a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers have called on a famous alum for motivation. From ESPN:

Months ago, Kurt Warner told Northern Iowa Panthers coach Ben Jacobson to call him if he wanted Warner’s help once his alma mater reached the NCAA tournament.

So, Jacobson recently reached out to the retired NFL quarterback, and Warner agreed to fly from Arizona to Seattle, where he’s hanging out with the team throughout its first two games of the NCAA tournament. The former Pro Bowl quarterback gave the fifth-seeded Panthers a pep talk at the team hotel the night before Friday’s 71-54 victory over Wyoming at Key Arena.

Warner starred at Northern Iowa (2,747 yards in 1993), but went undrafted. He eventually led the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl XXXIV title.

A ridiculously late starting time may make for some bleary eyes at work tomorrow:

GAME DAY INFORMATION

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 9.46.49 AMDate: Sunday, March 22

Time: approximately 9:40 p.m. ET

Site: KeyArena, Seattle, Wash. (17,459)

Television: TBS – Spero Dedes, play-by-play; Mike Gminski, analyst; Jaime Maggio, reporter.

Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (national broadcast – Sirius 93, XM 203)

Series History: Louisville leads the series 1-0

UofL National Ranking: 16th USA Today, 17th Associated Press

The University of Louisville (25-8) men’s basketball team will face fifth seeded Northern Iowa (31-3) on Sunday at 9:40 p.m. (ET) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash.

Louisville advanced to the third round with a 57-55 win over UC Irvine on Friday night. Senior guard Wayne Blackshear led the Cardinals with 19 points while freshman Quentin Snider finished with a career-high 16 points.

Louisville is fifth nationally in NCAA Tournament appearances and sixth in tournament victories (73-41 record in the NCAA Tournament). The Cardinals are tied for fourth in NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (20), sixth in advancing to Elite Eights (13) and seventh with 10 Final Fours. Louisville won the 1980, 1986 and 2013 NCAA Championships.

The Cardinals have three players averaging double figures. Sophomore guard Terry Rozier leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game. Junior Montrezl Harrell ranks second on the team in scoring with 15.5 points while Blackshear is third with 11.2. Harrell lead the team in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game. Rozier ranks second on the team in rebounding with 5.2 per game.

Northern Iowa will be looking for its second trip to the Sweet 16. The Panthers reached the Sweet 16 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Panthers scored their largest victory in its NCAA Tournament history with a 71-54 win over Wyoming on Friday night to advance to the third round. UNI was led in scoring by Paul Jesperson (16), Seth Tuttle (14), Nate Buss (13), Wes Washpun (10) and Deon Mitchell (10). Tuttle also added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Tuttle leads the Panthers in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Tuttle also leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game.

Louisville owns a 1-0 record against Northern Iowa in the all-time series. The teams met in the first round of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Louisville defeated the Panthers 51-46. The Cardinals had built a comfortable lead at 40-22 only to see UNI rally to cut the lead to 48-46 with less than a minute to play.

The March 22 game will air on TBS, with Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Mike Gminski, (analyst), and Jaime Maggio (reporter) calling the action. Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) will announce the game on WHAS 840 AM. The contest also is available on SIRIUS channel 93 and XM channel 203.

 

Louisville Survives Anteaters to Move On, 57-55 Saturday, Mar 21 2015 

SEATTLE (AP)– It was a game of inches. Not surprisingly, Rick Pitino and a couple of his scrappy guards got it done for Louisville. Freshman Quentin Snider made the winning free throws Friday and Terry Rozier closed it out with a steal, helping the fourth-seeded Cardinals to a 57-55 victory over 13th-seeded UC Irvine and the tallest player in the tournament, 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye.

”He looked eight feet to me,” said Pitino, whose team moves on to play Northern Iowa on Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16.

With the game tied, Snider snagged a rebound in the corner off a long miss by Luke Nelson and drew a foul when Will Davis II crashed into him.

Snider made the free throws with 8.9 seconds left, and the Anteaters (21-13) never got a final shot, thanks to Rozier’s pick of Alex Young.

Wayne Blackshear led the Cards with 19 points.

Wayne Blackshear led the Cards with 19 points.

”These two guys had to make big, tremendous plays,” Pitino said.

Putting Snider on the hot seat wasn’t really the coach’s plan when the freshman replaced Chris Jones in the starting lineup last month after the Cardinals (25-8) dismissed the senior guard. Pitino told his team there was no way Snider could replace Jones all by himself, and asked the rest of the guys to pick things up.

But in this game, Snider elevated his game. He finished with a career-high 16 points, 13 higher than his average – and scored the winning points. For a kid who grew up in Louisville and participated in Pitino’s youth camps as a kid, it was one memorable performance.

”I just got up to the line and just shot it,” Snider said. ”I knew my team needed these points, so I just knocked them down.”

Wayne Blackshear led the Cardinals with 19 points.

Ndiaye finished with 12 points and five rebounds for the Anteaters, and he generated most of the buzz.

Every time the sophomore, out of Senegal, touched the ball, a roar went through the crowd. And Ndiaye was a force through much of the second half. Twice, he gathered the ball in the post, palmed it like a tennis ball and slammed it through the hoop without leaving his feet.

On the other end, he blocked one shot, altered about a dozen more and forced Louisville, a team without much outside shooting, to take its chances from the perimeter.

But with the game on the line in the last two minutes, he didn’t touch the ball. And when the Big Fella got his fourth foul with 2:26 left, it cost UC Irvine dearly.

Trailing 55-53, Blackshear took the ball straight at Ndiaye, who didn’t contest it much, and hit a short shot over him to tie it with 42 seconds left.

”Tricky,” Blackshear called it. ”Because I was getting a couple midrange jumpers, and I noticed after I shot that I could have gotten to the rim. And then I did it at the end.”

On the next possession, Nelson, who came to UC Irvine from Britain, dribbled the clock down, but instead of looking inside, he jacked up a shot from a few feet behind the 3-point line that rimmed out.

There was a scramble in the corner. Snider grabbed the ball, and in the scrum, Davis fell into him to set up the freshman for the winning points. Lots of incidental contact, but should it have been a foul? Anteaters coach Russell Turner bit his tongue.

”To have it come down to a foul call and a non-foul call, that’s a tough one,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals had two fouls to burn after Snider’s free throws, and after using one of them, Rozier could be reckless, so he dove at Young with the clock ticking down and made the steal to seal the win.

”We had a quick play lined up and unfortunately, I lost the ball, and it just happens,” Young said. ”It’s basketball.”

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UC Irvine: Davis led the Anteaters with 14 points and nine rebounds. They were in the tournament for the first time since moving up to Division I in 1977. ”Aside from wining that game, that’s about as good an outcome as you could have,” Turner said.

Louisville: Pitino moved the 51-17 in the tournament, behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski among active coaches in wins. … Forced to deal with Ndiaye most of the game, Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell finished with a quiet eight points and four rebounds.

NCAA Day 1: Wildcats x 3 Advance, Doom for Texas, Louisville KY Hosts Upset, Thriller, Controversy and Catwalk Friday, Mar 20 2015 

Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament was filled with upsets, nail-biters, a controversial call and expected romps by the Wildcats of Kentucky, Arizona and Villanova.

Trey Lyles puts one up at the Yum! Center. Cyndy Tandy photo

Trey Lyles puts one up at the Yum! Center. Cyndy Tandy photo

In Louisville, things got rolling with a rare 14-seed upset as Alabama-Birmingham knocked off Iowa State, then #11 UCLA won 60-59 over SMU after a last-minute goaltending call against the Mustangs. Those were two of four lower seeds that advanced, and the UCLA win was one of a record five games decided by a one-point margin.

In the nightcap, Cincinnati made a miraculous comeback in the final minute of regulation and tied it on a buzzer beater, then won by a point in overtime over Purdue, the prelude to Kentucky’s dominant win over Hampton. Cincy earned a shot against Kentucky on Saturday.

Louisville native D’Angelo Russell led all scorers on the day with 28 in Ohio State’s win over VCU. And former Louisville guard Kevin Ware played 29 minutes, scoring 4, in the amazing Georgia State upset of Baylor.

Baylor, Texas, SMU, Texas Southern and Stephen F. Austin all lost, giving the state of Texas an 0-5 record on the day.

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