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Schimmel and Lady Cards Stun Xavier, 85-75

Shoni Shimmel is the Jimmer Fredette of Women’s Hoops. The freshman phenom Shimmel had a career high 33 points to lead the Cardinals to their third ever NCAA Sweet 16.  Louisville stormed back in the final eight minutes of the game, holding Xavier to five minutes without a field goal. The Lady Cards even forced six turnovers in six straight Musketeer possessions. Schimmel’s effort was the coming out party for Louisville’s latest superstar. Her athleticism and raw talent mirrors that of former Louisville All-American Angel McCoughtry. Schimmel’s turn around jumper to bring the Cards level with Xavier was nothing short…


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No Excuses for Bonehead Committee Picks

Here’s Billy Reed’s logical suggestions for fixing the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It makes a lot of sense. So, of course, none of this will happen. By Billy Reed Ordinarily I’m not a critic of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament committee. I don’t always agree with their selections and seedings, but I can usually see their logic. This year, though, the committee did such a lousy job that it deserves the beating it has been taking in the media. There was no justification whatsoever for Florida getting a No. 2 seed and Kentucky a No. 4; for the Big…


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It’s March Badness Time

Welcome to Spring in the City. It’s about time. I know your NCAA brackets are busted, but please, don’t bother telling me how you had Richmond and Marquette in the Final Four.  I’m only interested in watching Jimmer at BYU against Florida Thursday night. Cats fans have to stay up late Friday to watch Ohio State send them home from New York. Tip is at 9:45. Cards Advance: Shoni Schimmel’s team won an NCAA Tournament game in Cincinnati, whipping Vandy 81-62. The Lady Cards get 2-seed Xavier Tuesday night. It’s on ESPN2. Pitino’s New Job: I loved the way local…


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Morehead’s Day in the Sun

Want to know a little bit more about Morehead? Of course, Billy Reed has a perspective on the Eagles’ that you didn’t. We’re proud here at LouisvilleKY.com to present his thoughts on the Eagles’ victory over U of L. Read more of Billy’s thoughts at BillyReedSays. by Billy Reed It’s too bad for longtime Kentucky hoops fans that the greatest victory in Morehead’s history had to come at the expense of Louisville. Then again, from the Eagles’ standpoint, it made their remarkable achievement just a little sweeter. Had the 13th-seeded Eagles upset any other No. 4 seed, it wouldn’t have…


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The TV Madness is New

With the new broadcasting plan for the NCAA Tournament, viewers who don’t go to sports bars may have a tough time finding their favorite team.  And for WLKY-TV, the local station that traditionally boasts the best ratings in the nation for the tournament, the new arrangement could really hurt its numbers. That’s because WLKY has no say in what game CBS execs in New York choose. The network gets first choice, and WLKY has lucked out today because it has the Kentucky game. But U of L’s game with Morehead is on TBS (too bad for you non-cable subscribers). And…


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TARC Driver Gets Up Early to Pedal His Way to Downtown Louisville

Hugh is a TARC driver. His work day starts at 5:45. He likes the bike-on-board racks on the front of all the TARC coaches as much as I do. “I use them in the evening because I’m not much of an evening-traffic rider. I ride in the morning for the exercise and to save gas. And when I get off in the evening I usually put my bike on the TARC and TARC back home.”


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Louisville to Houston in the Madness

Hoops Hysteria is here. For three weekends in March, the entirety of our community will be sneaking in peeks at the scores at the office. Husbands will beg their wives to eat in the TV room. Laptops everywhere will be streaming March Madness On Demand, and a college kid will skip out on beach time in 80-degree weather to catch a couple games. There is nothing like March Madness. Louisville has a tough draw in the first round. The Thursday match-up with Morehead State is no cupcake. The Eagles have a strong defense and Kenneth Faried, the most prolific rebounder…



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Cards Want Morehead; Cats To Tampa

OK, sports fans. Gabe, our regular LouisvilleKY.com sports dude, has more important things to do than follow the Cards to Denver. He went to the Lady Gaga show Saturday, then it was off to spring break in sunny Florida.  Yes, I’m jealous. But I did watch the Big East Championship while he was busy Gaga-ing. What Gabe missed Saturday was another amazing performance by this Rick Pitino team, which fell in overtime 69-66 only after Mike Marra missed a crucial free throw. He’d gotten fouled on a three-point attempt with seconds remaining, with the Cards down 3. He calmly canned…


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Louisville Rallies Back to Overtake Notre Dame, 83-77

The Cardiac Cards strike again. Louisville continued its impressive play with a comeback from 16 down to defeat a surging Notre Dame team. The Cardinals went into the half down 14 and having huge problems pushing the tempo. Yet when Rick Pitino and company emerged, UofL was able to get back into the swing of things. The Cardinals came out of the break with a full court press that quickly caused the Fighting Irish some problems. Louisville was able to cause 11 turnovers, many unforced, which transferred into much needed momentum. The Cards also excelled at shutting down Big East…