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November 22, 2013

CSZ: Weekend basketball, Rutgers and Jeff Walz




WEEKEND SCHEDULE FOR UofL BASKETBALL
This weekend, the Cards will travel to Uncasville, Connecticut to finish out the Hall of Fame Tipoff. On Saturday at 2:00, they will face Fairfield. To give you an idea of how big of a struggle that could be for the Cards, Fairfield lost to Hartford by 10 last week. Louisville just beat Hartford on Tuesday by 39 points. The winner of that game will face the winner of UNC/Richmond on Sunday.

Louisville fans have been looking forward to a matchup against a good UNC team to give this team a solid non-conference game. It doesn't look like that will happen as PJ Hairston and Leslie McDonald will not make the trip for UNC. Both players are going through NCAA investigations over off the court issues. Louisville should be heavily favored all weekend.

RUTGERS CAN'T HELP CARDS; BCS HOPES DWINDLE
Mathematically, there is still hope for Louisville to make it into a BCS game. UCF still has 2 games left, but needs to lose them both for the Cards to have a shot. On Thursday night, Rutgers could have put the pressure on the Knights by handing them a loss, so they would only have to lose 1 of their final 2. Instead, UCF crushed Rutgers 41-17. Now UCF has to lose to both USF and SMU. The Cards are likely headed to Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl against an ACC team. If that happens, let's hope it is against Miami or Virginia Tech and not someone like Duke. While they are a good team, this game would need more hype than that.

WALZ NOW HAS MOST WINS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
On Thursday night, the 3/4 ranked women's basketball team beat Ohio 90-33. This gave Jeff Walz his 153 head coaching victory at UofL, which is the most in school history. So a big congrats goes out to him. He has built a remarkable program. In 5 wins this season, the LOWEST point total for Louisville has been 88. Their next game is this Sunday at 2:00 pm against Florida State at the KFC Yum! Center.

MEN'S SOCCER ADVANCES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Also on Thursday night, the men's soccer team advanced in the NCAA Tournament in dramatic fashion at Cardinal Park. After a scoreless regulation and two overtimes against Denver, this one had to be settled with penalty kicks. With the PKs tied 2-2 and only 1 shot left, Louisville's Jimmy Ockford scored to give the Cards the 3-2 advantage and the victory. Their next match will be this Sunday at #11 Michigan State at 1 pm ET.



PJCS NEEDS TO BE FULL ON SATURDAY
I wrote a post on Thursday afternoon about packing PJCS this Saturday for the Memphis football game. There are plenty of excuses that I think people will make, and I laid some of those out on the table. But at the end of the day (cliche), these seniors deserve to run out of the tunnell to a packed house. That is the least we can do as fans, just be there and be loud for them. Read the post here. http://cardinalsportszone.com/2013/11/21/these-seniors-deserve-a-packed-pjcs-on-saturday/

NEW CONCEPT FOR THE FINAL FOUR THIS YEAR
This year's Final Four broadcast will be different than anything they have done before. It will be shown on 3 different channels at the same time: TBS, TNT, and Tru TV. TBS will have the national broadcast like we would see every year. TNT and TRU TV will hold broadcasts with people relevant to each team playing. If the Cards are in the Final Four, they better have Paul Rogers calling the game, right? Read a little more about that here. http://cardinalsportszone.com/2013/11/18/new-concept-for-the-final-four-this-year/

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