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Updated: 2017-11-18T23:32:12-05:00

 



Highlights: Louisville destroys Syracuse, 56-10

2017-11-18T23:32:12-05:00

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This was an enjoyable experience.

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Football Gallery: Louisville vs. Syrause

2017-11-18T23:00:27-05:00

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35 photos from the win

All photos by Brandon Pry




Game Day: Louisville vs. Syracuse

2017-11-18T08:00:04-05:00

Go Cards. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (6-4, 3-4) vs. SYRACUSE ORANGE (4-6, 2-4) Game Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium: Louisville, Ky. Television: ESPNU Announcers: Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Rey Bentley (color) Favorite: Louisville by 13 All-Time Series: Louisville leads 9-6 Last Meeting: Louisville won 62-28 on Sept. 9, 2016 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse Series History: Statistics: Louisville Uniforms: Head to toe red vs on Saturday. #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/v1jppDF8UK— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) November 17, 2017 Depth Chart: About Syracuse: via Keith Wynne OFFENSE Dino Babers is in his second year at Syracuse and his #OrangeIsTheNewFast movement is moving along a lot slower than I think he’d like. Syracuse is known for having a big time offense under Babers but his offense hasn’t been able to fully transition under his watch. Syracuse likes to go fast but they’re not a team that shies away from hitting big plays. There issues seem to stem from a lack of consistency and I’m not sure if Babers has the personnel to fix that yet. The quarterback position is always the most important spot in a Air Raid/Spread attack. Babers inherited Eric Dungey when he took over the job and most (including me) felt that he was extremely lucky to have a guy that he could develop. However, Dungey has stayed pretty stagnant over his two years in the new system. He’s still completing just about 60% of his passes and his decision making is not much better tan it was as a freshman. Although he’s a solid runner, he’s been getting by on being a tough guy that has very high potential. The issue, of course, is that he hasn’t reached that potential in three years. Dungey might see some success against Louisville because of the pace of the offense. Louisville struggled all game against Wake Forest when they decided to go much faster than they usually do. Peter Sirmon should have his team prepared for the pace this time around, but there’s no guarantee that they will be able to execute like he might like. Dungey has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long but when he is on, he can be very good. I think he’s at his best when he’s getting the ball out of his hand quickly and allowing his receivers to make plays for him. In my opinion, he just doesn’t protect the ball well enough to do the things that Babers likes to do. But with his running ability you would expect them to get him on the move more often than they do and design plays for him to throw on the run instead of him just freelancing like he does. The Orange running game is the true issue for the offense. Dontae Strickland is the starter at running back and for the second straight year, he’s averaging under four yards per carry. Strickland is a pretty talented back with good size and speed but he just rarely has anywhere to go when he gets the ball. You would expect the running lanes to be there with them being so pass happy but that just hasn’t been the case over the last two years. Strickland does make the most of it when he has space, however. He’s had some nice big play runs when they’ve been there including a 43 yard touchdown run last week. For the second straight year I’m wondering why Babers doesn’t use Moe Neal more often. Neal is used as a “change of pace” type of guy even though he’s averaging slightly above five yards per carry for his career. Syracuse needs as much speed on the field as possible for their offense to be at its best but they don’t utilize Neal nearly enough to do so. It also just makes more sense to play a guy that has more of a big play potential when you have a quarterback that can run the read option. It provides a real punishment for the defense if you give to much attention to the quarterback. While Strickland can hit a big run when given the chance, Neal can take it to the house. Syracuse has two of the top receivers in the country for the second str[...]



Seedy K’s Game Cap: Omaha

2017-11-18T07:33:20-05:00

Cards hold on for unimpressive W over the Mavericks So wonderstruck was I with the defense perpetrated by the U of L women's team in their smashing beatdown of Michigan, I have been extolling the team's virtues to any and all I've encountered who might care a whit about college basketball. A couple of fans who have been following the distaff Cardinals through the years more intensely than I have admonished me to curb my enthusiasm somewhat. "It's still early," they caution, "let's see what happens against Oregon and later in the year when Duke and Notre Dame come to town." Suggestion taken to heart. With that in mind, I have taken to warn myself not to run and pull every alarm I see, not to call the Haz Mat squad, after watching the most disappointing performance by the U of L men in memory. The descriptor starting with a "d" that's probably more apt is "disgusting." From the Summit League, far from one that immediately comes to mind when considering college hoops, the conference bottom-dwelling Mavericks were 0-3 coming into the Yum!. They'd lost by 9, by 19 and by 32. For an average margin of defeat of 20 ppg. They had given up 89,108 and 103. That's 100 ppg. They were averaging 19.3 turnovers, ranking them 330th in the country. Which, though they played last night like Peyton Manning was audibling their name toward victory, is to provide empirical statistical data that Omaha is, let us be kind how we say it, not a very good basketball team. Neither are the University of Louisville Cardinals. It is at this juncture I feel compelled to monitor myself. My gut reaction is to unload about how U of L's play last night was the worst this or the worst that and woe unto us and the season is lost and U of L's is a program on the brink and it's time for Vince Tyra or whomever to start a real coaching search and the Yum!'s on fire and Cardinal fans should brace themselves for they're about to suffer through what I've dubbed the Hank Raymonds Effect. He's the assistant who replaced Al McGuire at Marquette to minimal success. Having passively aggressively ranted in the previous paragraph, I'll now attempt to hold my tongue. Other than to admit I did spend a few minutes while writing this to leaf through the media guide to check on the exact date of what I believe is the most embarrassing loss ever by a Cardinal team. January 30, 1995. Louisville 69, Towson State 81. A few more disgruntled mumblings, then I'll ravage through the detritus for some positives. For the fourth straight tilt, two exhis, two that count, U of L gave up way way way way too many layups. Teams are blowing by the Cards as if their new Adidas sneakers are soled with stickum. OK, enough. Louisville did hang on by the hairs on their chinny chin chins. A win, even if it's a numbing, scary, wobbly 87-78 over one of America's least good teams, is a W. * * * * * It was heartening to hear David Padgett tell it like it was in his post game press conference. "Embarrassing." "Lack of urgency." "Lackadaisical." "Unacceptable." Plus he verbalized he realizes every team the Cards play is going to beat them off the dribble, so that it's time to work on playing zone. My hope is that such a change in defensive scheme comes sooner -- like Tuesday when the Salukis arrive in town -- rather than later. * * * * * The Positives. Yes, there were a few. Though he missed 9 shots, all from within a couple of feet of the hoop, Ray Spalding never stopped hustling on offense. He scored 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds, 6 offensive. Dwayne Sutton grabbed 10 boards, most of them at crunch time, when Louisville wouldn't or couldn't shut the door on Omaha. The Cards hit 86.4% of their FTs. 19/22. And needed every one of those charity tosses to survive. Deng Adel scored 21 points on 7/8 from the field and 7/8 at the line, with 8 rebounds and four assists. And, yes, the Cards didn't totally crash. The victory was gained. I'll stop there. The more I review the box score the more sirens I hear, the [...]



College football on TV: Week 12

2017-11-18T07:00:03-05:00

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Just two more weeks of the regular season to go.

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Photo Gallery: Louisville vs. Omaha

2017-11-17T23:23:11-05:00

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47 photo of the win

All photos by Brandon Pry




Highlights: Louisville 87, Omaha 78

2017-11-17T23:01:07-05:00

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Not the most beautiful of nights at the KFC Yum Center, but 2-0.

Not exactly HD, but what are you gonna do?

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Louisville gives uneven performance in 87-78 win over Omaha

2017-11-17T21:18:46-05:00

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A win’s a win, but this type of effort can’t happen again.

Deng Adel scored 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field to lead Louisville to an 87-78 victory over Omaha Friday night at the KFC Yum Center. Ray Spalding contributed a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

For a solid chunk of the night, it felt like the standard Louisville non-conference November home game. After a sloppy start, the Cards seized control midway through the first half and then carried a 40-25 advantage into the locker room with them at halftime.

Then, it was sort of like everyone wearing white forgot that they had to keep playing in order to finish off the blowout.

Instead, Omaha outscored U of L 53-47 in the second half and made the Cardinal starters put forth way more effort than they should have needed to in order to secure their second victory of the city.

“We have to learn to play with the lead,” David Padgett said after the game.

There’s no question about that.

I get that Padgett was doing some of the early season mixing and matching that Cardinal fans had become accustomed to under Rick Pitino. He started Malik Williams at the four, he tinkered with some different lineups, and he kept both Quentin Snider and Ray Spaling from being on the court for 30 minutes.

Still, Louisville’s inability to bury a winless opponent coming off a 32-point beatdown at the hands of New Mexico. Also troubling is the fact that the Cardinals managed to score the fewest points of any of UNO’s four opponents, and allowed the undersized Mavericks to rebound a whopping 39 percent of their own missed shots.

For the second straight game, Louisville’s offense lacked flow and its defense lacked communication. Given everything that’s gone on over on Floyd Street since September, that can be forgiven. What can’t be forgiven is that for a large chunk of Friday night’s game, the home team simply got out-worked by the visitor’s who entered the building as 27.5-point underdogs.

If these guys are serious about the “us against the world” and “people forget we’ve still got the same players, it’s time to make them remember” mentality they’ve been preaching, then getting out-worked can’t happen. Not against Kentucky, not against North Carolina, and not against Omaha.

Everyone knows Louisville has its work cut out for it when it heads to Purdue in 11 days, but if the Cards play the way they have in games one and two, then Southern Illinois is going to stroll in here on Tuesday night and hand the program its first November home loss since 1972. It’s time to really go to work.

Here’s the final box score from Friday:

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