The Cards Drop Another ACC Game as FSU Comes to Town Wednesday, Sep 21 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

Louisville Football drops a game that many thought they should have won. 

The Cards seemed to have an answer for everything the Seminoles threw at them. Louisville responded with two touchdowns in the first quarter, after originally going down 7-0 to start the game. 

The Cardinals went into the half holding a 7 point lead over Florida State, with the score 21-14. 

Quarterback Malik Cunningham was having an exceptional game up to this point. He showcased both sides of his game—passing and running. 

The Cardinal offense were without starting running back Tiyon Evans and second string Jalen Mitchell. 

Backs Trevion Cooley and Jawhar Jordan picked up the load that was left for them. Both combined for over 160 yards all-purpose yards, with Cooley breaking into the in zone twice. 

The Issues

Two narratives about Louisville continue to be the story on the field. Similar to the thoughts of many fans and experts last week, tackling seems to lead to the downfall of the defense. On top of that, penalties are another huge issue that puts the team a leg behind. 

Louisville has started this season committing 29 penalties for 204 yards just 3 weeks in. 

Head coach Scott Satterfield addressed the self-inflicted wounds in his press conference September 20th.  

Satterfield stated,“It’s the pre-snap penalties that really effect you. Being offsides, false starts, those types of things. We have to get better at that.”

The Change

The Cards looked in total control over the Seminoles, as former Cardinal, Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis exited the game with a leg injury. FSU brought in their backup with minimal experience.

Florida States backup, Tate Rodemaker felt the pressure early from the Cardinal defense. Rodemaker was sacked three times and threw an interception. 

Rodemaker was eventually able to turn around his performance, to lead the ‘Noles to comeback and take the lead in the final minutes. While doing so, Rodemaker threw for two impressive touchdowns to Florida State wide receiver Johnny Wilson. 

Wilson put up pretty impressive numbers himself. Ending the game with seven receptions, 149 yards and two touchdowns. 

Satterfield was questioned in his post game press conference about matching up against Wilson. 

“Is that the big guy? Thats what made him so difficult. He’s 6’7 200 and something pounds,” Satterfield said  

Cunningham and the Cardinal offense had to chance to close the game out with a touchdown to win the game getting the ball back with 1:37 left on the clock. 

The offense was able to move the ball up to the Louisville 46, as the fan base regained hope with the clock dwindling under a minute. 

Then, a costly decision by the fifth-year starter ended the comeback attempt. FSU picked off Malik with 37 seconds left to close out the Cards. 

Full Circle

With this result the Louisville faithful return to the same attitude they had after the Syracuse game. Furthermore, the same question remains: 

How much longer does Satterfield have if he continues to churn out these atrocious results? 

The Cards are back in action this Saturday to right the ship at Cardinal Stadium before starting ACC play. 

They host University of South Florida at noon back in front of Card Nation. 

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Louisville Football Bounces back at the Bounce House Saturday, Sep 10 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

Head coach Scott Satterfield took a lot of pressure this week from the media, knowing that he and his team laid a pretty large egg last week at Syracuse. 

He said in his press conference Sept. 6, he was very disappointed with how the team played. On top of that, he took a lot of ownership for the downfall himself.

He made a substantial statement going into Orlando and handed UCF a loss in a tough environment after last week’s performance. 

The Bounce

The Cardinal offense came out firing on all cylinders, as they put up a 10-play 75-yard drive. This was finished off by a Tiyon Evans 7-yard run for a touchdown, to quiet down the crowd in the ‘Bounce House.’

The other side of the ball was another story. The defense seemed to pick up where it let off last week in Syracuse. 

Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee and the UCF offense marched right back down the field with a 10-play 80-yard drive. They ran it down Bryan Brown’s defense mouth to tie the game back up at 7. 

However, after that first drive the defense stepped up and only allowed one more touchdown the rest of the game. 

The defense proved they can play, it’s only a matter of when they will show up. 

Malik Cunningham and the offense struggled in their own right last week, inly being able to reach the end zone once.

They came out this week and showed they can move the ball on all sides of the offense. 

Five different players ran the ball, and the offense shelled the ball out to seven different receivers in the passing game.

Five out of the seven receivers that caught a pass had double-digit receiving yards.Tyler Hudson led all receivers with three catches and 67 yards. He was followed by Amari Huggins-Bruce with two catches and 42 yards. 

Cunningham  finished with 195 yards passing, completing 14 of 29 attempts. Not a fantastic stat line by Malik’s standards, but he was able to be very dangerous in the run game. 

Cunningham was the Cards leading rusher with 121 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. With that touchdown, he moved into 3rd all time in rushing touchdowns for Louisville. He trails only Lenny Lyles and Lamar Jackson. 

Cunningham was followed by Tiyon Evans, who had 76 yards on 19 attempts and a touchdown.

Evans continues to show that he is a very reliable back who can run between the tackle and make defenders miss in the flats. 

Questions We Have

Lastly, two questions we still have going forward with this team and staff.

Is Scott Satterfield here to stay? 

The narrative of Scott Satterfield and is he going to hold onto his job continues to be the most talked about storyline from this team. 

Satterfield cools his seat down a little, with a win coming out of Orlando. However, the Knights were only a couple plays away from scoring a touchdown that would’ve made things a lot more interesting in those last final minutes. 

Can Bryan Brown and the defense put together a full game? 

We see that the defense has struggled so far with tackling and stopping the run. UCF tapped into that weakness early, as they ran the wildcat offense in the red-zone for both of their touchdowns in the first half. 

To be relevant in the ACC, the defense and Bryan Brown are going to have to figure out how to slow offenses down in the run game. 

It was announced before the game that Arizona State Transfer Jermayne Lole will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.  

To the defensive’s credit, the Cards did record four sacks last night while holding the Knights scoreless in the second half. 

Going Forward

The Cards have another short week, with ACC rival Florida State coming to town Friday. 

This game will foretell where this team is going this year. Did we see a Louisville football team that is going to compete and fight hard? Or is inconsistency going to rule Scott Satterfield and the Cards?

Card Nation has been brought back,  just in time to pack Cardinal Stadium Friday night for the home opener.

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U of L women’s basketball takes down ranked Duke Tuesday, Feb 1 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Jan. 30, the No. 5 ranked Louisville Cardinals beat the Duke University Blue Devils in an ACC showdown. With their fifth ranked-win of the season, the Cards improve to 18-2 and 8-1 in conference play.

Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith had another stellar performance, leading the way with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Freshman guard Payton Verhulst, having earned significant minutes off the bench, backed it up with a career-high 13 points.

In the first half, the Cards dominated much of the action with an impressive shooting performance and a highly pressured defense, forcing Duke to take poor shots and turnovers. Louisville started the second half with a 20-point lead and was well-positioned to win.

However, Duke closed the gap, making it an extremely competitive and close game thanks to substantial three-point shooting in the third quarter.

After struggling during the middle part of the game, Van Lith made 8 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, which was crucial with Duke continuing to apply pressure late in the game. Freshman guard Shayeann Day-Wilson stood out for the Blue Devils with 25 points, keeping them extremely close. However, she fouled out of the game late in the fourth.

There shouldn’t be too many negative takeaways after extending a three-game winning streak and beating a tough-ranked ACC opponent. However, the usually elite defense from the Cardinals struggled at times, allowing an uncommonly high .488 field goal percentage and over .500 3 point percentage by the Blue Devils.

“I thought we did some good things offensively in the first half,” stated Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz, but he took issue with the officiating in the second half. In reference to the referees, Walz said, “There’s no flow to it; they make calls that have no impact on anything, both sides.”

Up next, the Cardinals, now ranked No. 4 at the time of writing, will hit the road for three games starting with the University of Miami on February 1. The next home game for the Cards will be on February 10 against the University of Virginia.

Photo by Daniel Rankin // The Louisville Cardinal

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Chris Mack leaving post as men’s head basketball coach Wednesday, Jan 26 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

Jan. 26 marks the end of an era, as the U of L Board of Trustees and U of L Athletic Association announced the departure of men’s head basketball coach Chris Mack.

The decision comes as the Cards are about to miss the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row with an 11-9 record this season. They also currently have an 8th place 5-5 record in the ACC.

“Coaching transitions are always difficult, especially during the course of the season, but Chris and I agreed that it is in the best interests of our student-athletes that he step aside immediately,” said Interim Athletic Director Josh Heird. “We will always prioritize our student-athletes and do all that we can to ensure that they have an incredible experience at Louisville. I want to thank Chris and his family for their service to the University and we wish them the very best in their next chapter.”

Mack finishes his tenure at U of L with an overall record of 68-37 and without any NCAA Tournament victories.

During Mack’s first year as head coach in 2018, the Cards entered the Tournament with a No. 7 ranking, but took a loss to No. 10 Minnesota in the first round.

In the 2019-20 season, expectations were high for the team, as their pre-season ranking was No. 5, and achieved the No. 1 spot midseason for two weeks. However, the NCAA Tournament was cancelled in March due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020-21 season saw multiple game cancellations for the Cardinals and they were the first team without an invitation to the tournament.

After some staff turnover, which included an extortion attempt by former assistant coach Dino Gaudio, Mack was suspended six games without pay by the University last November.

Assistant Coach Mike Pegues will be taking over as interim head coach.

Now U of L will begin the national search to find the next coach of the U of L men’s basketball team.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Reinking // Louisville Athletics

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U of L men’s basketball loses their ninth game this season Tuesday, Jan 25 2022 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Jan. 24, Louisville men’s basketball played an away game against the Virginia Cavaliers, and lost with a final score of 64-52.

This is the second loss in a row.Tthe team has lost nine game already this season.

During the first half of the game, U of L was already off to a rocky start. Virginia received the ball at tipoff, and scored five points before the Cards could get on the scoreboard.

U of L started to pick up on offense, when freshman guard/forward Dre Davis made four points for U of L with his driving layup and jumper during the first half.

Before halftime started, U of L continued to score when graduate guard Jarrod West made an impressive three-point jumper, but it wasn’t enough to put the Cards in the lead. U of L went into the second half with a score of 35-23.

During the second half, Louisville tried to catch back up. U of L came out strong when West made a driving layup during the first 30 seconds of the game. However, Virginia continued to battle with the Cards to keep their lead.

West continued to make three point jumpers, and remained the star player of the night, but it wasn’t enough for the Cards to take home the win. U of L lost with a final score of 64-52.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back at KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 29 at 12:00 p.m. to play against Duke University.

 

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Women’s Basketball Rebounds In Win Against Wake Forest Tuesday, Jan 25 2022 

By Daniel Rankin–

On Jan 23, The Louisville Cardinals rebounded after their NC State loss by beating the Wake Forest Deacons 72-60.

The Cards are now 16-2 with a 6-1 ACC record on the season. Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith impressed with a 17-point game and a career-high six assists.

The game started extremely tight, with both teams shooting well, including a few critical threes from Wake Forest that kept them ahead for most of the first quarter. Freshman guard Payton Verhulst, who  has started to earn some vital minutes on the team,  knocked down a three late in the first to keep the Cards within range, 22-21 going into the second.

Both teams continued to trade baskets back and forth starting the second quarter. Eventually, the Cardinal’s defense found a way to shut down the Deacons, prompting a massive 19-0 run to end the first half. The Cards shot a staggering 10-13 behind the 3 point line taking control of the game.

Coming out of the locker room, the Cards picked up right where they left off, extending a 32-0 run.

“Mykasa Robinson came into the game and changed our defensive mindset,” said head coach Jeff Walz, who credited the senior for sparking the big run. “She’s as tough of a kid as I’ve ever coached, and she just makes things happen.” Robinson forced multiple turnovers on defense  in addition to her 2 points and a season-high seven assists

The Cards slowed down offensively in the fourth quarter allowing more players down the rotation to receive playing time.

Overall this was a good win coming off a tough ACC loss; the Cardinals put together a complete game on both sides of the game against a quality conference opponent. The defense was able to shine as usual, but the offense and 3 point shooting, in particular, stood out the most and will hopefully propel the Cards forward as we grow closer to tournament season. Next for the Cards is Florida State this Thursday, Jan 27, at the KFC Yum! Center.

Photo by Daniel Rankin / / The Louisville Cardinal 

 

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U of L men’s basketball wins against Boston College Thursday, Jan 20 2022 

By Hannah Walker —

Louisville men’s basketball beat Boston College 67-54 at the KFC Yum! Arena on Wednesday.

After losing the last three games, U of L men’s basketball pulled out a win at home against the Eagles.

During the first half of the game, the teams were neck and neck. With 00:27 left in the first half, redshirt sophomore forward Jae’lyn Withers made a layup and gave Louisville a two-point lead.

Senior guard Noah Locke and junior forward Sydney Curry were the star players of the game. Their performances allowed the Cards to go into halftime with a score of 30-28.

At the beginning of the second half, both teams battled to get ahead. However, U of L started to keep a steady lead 12:26 into the second half.

Fifth year forward/center Malik Williams defended the team by making consistent rebounds, and the team’s offense continued to improve as the game came to an end. This gave U of L the final win for the night.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back at home to play Notre Dame Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Niemi // U of L Athletics

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Women’s basketball picks up win against Syracuse at home Monday, Jan 17 2022 


By Daniel Rankin —

On a Jan 13 ACC Battle, the UofL Women’s Basketball team faced Syracuse University and won with a final score of 84-71. With this win, the Cards now move to 14-1 on the season and an undefeated 4-0 in conference play.

Though Louisville had the lead for most of the game, the two schools were extremely tight as Syracuse stayed neck-and-neck with the Cardinals. Sophomore guard Hailey Van Lith started the game with an impressive 9-point shooting performance in the first quarter.

Running into some early foul trouble, Syracuse struggled to keep up with the Cards. However, late shots by Syracuse closed the gap and kept the score close going into the second quarter at 23-18.

In the second quarter, Louisville could not increase their lead as both teams were tied with 17 points. With some close and intense battles in the paint, the game started to get more aggressive. Forward senior Emily Engstler, a recent U of L transfer, received a technical foul after having verbal conflict with the referees.

The Cards’ defense started to struggle in the second half, allowing multiple 3-point shots. The team also made some costly turnovers in the paint, allowing Syracuse to catch up and even take the lead late in the third quarter.

However, the fourth quarter saw a much improved and dominant Louisville team outscoring the Orange 25-15 to finish the game. The Cardinals forced multiple turnovers, allowing Van Lith and redshirt senior guard Kianna Smith to score and put the game out of reach.

After returning from a brief pause caused by a COVID-19 outbreak, Louisville excelled offensively but seemed to struggle defensively. However, Head Coach Jeff Walz noted that he expected some struggles with less practice recently.

The Cards will play next against ACC title contender NC State on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Photo by Daniel Rankin // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L men’s basketball takes loss against Pittsburgh Monday, Jan 17 2022 

By Hannah Walker–

On Saturday, Jan. 15, Louisville men’s basketball lost in an away game against Pittsburgh with a final score of 65-53.

During the first 11 minutes of the game, U of L took the lead. Junior guard El Ellis and sophomore guard/forward Dre Davis gained a total of five points each during the first half of the game and the team’s offense was off to a great start. However, with 4:56 left in the first half, Pittsburgh took the lead with a score of 28-24 going into halftime.

During the second half of the game, Louisville made an attempt to catch back up. Senior guard Noah Locke was able to score seven points during the last half and fifth year forward/center Malik Williams scored eight points before the game ended. However, it was not enough to catch up to Pittsburgh. U of L travelled home with a loss to the Panthers.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back on their home court to play against Boston College on Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics

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U of L men’s basketball falls short to DePaul Monday, Dec 13 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Dec. 10, U of L men’s basketball faced DePaul University on their home court, and lost with a final score of 62-55.

During the start of the game, Louisville took the lead. Fifth year forward/center Malik Williams was one of the top performers with 13 points during the first half, with sophomore forward Matt Cross following with an additional 7 points. DePaul tried to take  the lead with 05:06 left on the clock, but U of L managed to stay ahead with a score of 29-26 going into the break.

At the start of second quarter, the Cards continued to score, and stay ahead of DePaul. However, DePaul took the lead with 05:44 left on the clock. U of L began to lose reach of the win, and ended the game with a final score of 62-55.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back for another home game on Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m against Southeastern Louisiana.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Niemi// U of L Athletics

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