NCAA Basketball

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“Outside the Lines” today on ESPN: NCAA, Uof L, Pitino and the Era of Accountability

  I think this tweet sums up the University of Louisville scandal thats getting ready to blow up on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” investigation today: ESPN and Sportscenter is on a roll his morning to prime its extended “Outside the Lines” expose’ featuring for the first time on camera, self-described former escort Katina Powell. Ms.Powell, 42, is the author of the damning “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” published this month by details nearly two dozen stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes. The ESPN Outside the Lines…


The Cardinals Capture Big East Crown, 50-44

It may not have been pretty, but it got the job done. The Louisville Cardinals, who entered this week having lost four of their last six games, are your 2012 Big East Tournament Champions. Hard to believe. Chris Smith led the Cardinals with 15 points, but Peyton Siva was the star. Siva continued his spectacular play and posted 10 points and five assists. The junior’s performance was the final piece to an amazing week, and the Big East Tournament MVP. This week has been Siva’s coming out party, with this performance he’s showing how amazing he truly is. When Siva…


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Cards Squander Upset Over Orange With Missed Free Throws, 51-52

Free Throws. Free Throws. Free Throws. Many will blame Peyton Siva’s lackluster pass in the closing seconds. Some will blame Rick Pitino choosing not to use his final time out. Others will point out UofL’s 16 turnovers. But with a game decided by the slimmest of margins; charity shots have to be made. The Cardinals sunk 12 of 21 behind the line, an abysmal 57%. Syracuse was able revert the Cardinals to its early season anemic self. Louisville had only seven field goals in the first half and shot a lackluster 34% from the field. The offensive woes turned the…


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Cards End West Virginia Rivalry With A Victory, 77-74

In what is expected to be the Cardinals final trip to Morgantown, Rick Pitino’s team was able to squeak in the win. It was an ugly affair, with the Cardinals getting dominated much of the game, but the efforts of Russ Smith, Kyle Kuric, and the return of Wayne Blackshear provided the Cardinals the boost to get yet another crucial road win. Reports emerged this week that West Virginia had reached an agreement with the Big East conference to allow them to flee for the Big 12 in July for a small $20 million fee. Wayne Blackshear was certainly the…


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Behanan Propels Louisville Over Rutgers, 78-66

Chane Behanan showed why he was such a prized recruit Saturday. Behanan posted a career high 23 points along with 11 rebounds. Many of his points coming from arena rocking dunks. With Behanan’s performance the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four and moved to fifth place in the Big East. However, the win was marred by an ankle injury to Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng. Dieng went down early in the second half, but after a few minutes re-entered the match with a taped-up ankle. Dieng continued to perform despite limping up and down the court. The sophomore put…


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Louisville’s Offense Stagnates Again, Fall to Marquette, 63-74

After a hopping out to a quick 18-2 lead, the Cardinals lost all drive and gave up their fifth loss in seven games. Foul trouble continued to riddle the Cardinals as they committed 20 total fouls and gave Marquette 18 chances at the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles capitalized only missing a pair of free throws the entire game. The foul trouble continued to keep big man Gorgui Dieng on the bench. Dieng’s foul out was his second in four games. Dieng’s height is one of Louisville’s biggest strengths but everytime the fouls pile on. Dieng’s inexperience shines, he simply…


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Providence Dominates Struggling Cardinals, 90-59

Something is horribly wrong with the Louisville Cardinals. The Cards were dominated in every aspect of the game by the Friars, who earned their first Big East victory with the win. At no point in the second half could UofL muster any kind of comeback. The worst performance of the night came from Peyton Siva, who continued his bad form. Siva fouled out of the game with ten minutes left, in a foul that looked intentional. Siva wanted out of the game and out of his worst outing of his career, putting up 2 points. The Friars were led by…