MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
( JEFF MCADAMS BRINGS US THE NEWS THIS 3RD DAY OR MARCH...LOOKING AT THE UPCOMING UCONN VS. LOUISVILLE GAME TONIGHT AND SOFTBALL'S LACK OF GAMES THIS WEEKEND. PAULIE ALSO ADDS A PEP TALK.)
With southern California having received multiple inches of rain over the course of the weekend, there was no chance to get any of the games in this weekend. Much of California has been suffering from a severe drought, and while this storm won't make up for it all, I'm sure that area of the country is thankful for the rain that they got in general. Unfortunately, its a basically wasted trip for Louisville, and Northwestern. The other three teams were all local, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara, so at least they didn't have to deal with the hassle of travel, but I'm sure they are also disappointed that no games got played.
Such is the way of things for outdoor spring sports, however.
The Cards return to the friendly, and hopefully dry, confines of Ulmer Stadium for five games in The Red and Black Classic.
The Main Event
Of course, the main news for the day is the Big Monday matchup between our women's basketball team and the UConn Huskies.
What can be said here that hasn't really been said before? UConn is an amazing team, everyone knows that. We've also talked about how the Walz crew will need to play a near-perfect game to take down the Geno machine.
UofL is coming off of a great road win up at Cincinnati that I had the opportunity to road-trip for. I think this game made a great tune-up for our squad. They looked loose, were making mostly good passes and were jumping passing lanes extremely well, and mostly were shooting well.
The Cardinals have been plagued nearly all year with some slow starts and the Cincinnati game wasn't an exception to this though the funk passed more quickly than usual. We can hope that a (weather-permitting) crowd of more than 19,000, plus senior night, plus Native American Appreciation night (with road-trippers from across the country heading in to town to see the game), plus a nationally televised Big Monday game equals a better than typical start for the Cards.
The game starts at 7pm, and upper bowl tickets, for $5, are still available, but they are definitely getting in short supply.
So what is each team playing for and what's at risk for the teams?
- Sole possession of the regular season championship in The American Conference
- Guaranteed first seed in The AAC tournament
- An undefeated season
- #1 national ranking
- A share of the regular season conference championship
- A chance for the top seed in the AAC tournament
- A demonstration proof that UConn can be beaten this year and that we're a team that can do it
- A huge resume entry for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament
- Not much, really
TIME HAS COME TODAY. TIME FOR PUTTING AWAY SCOUTING REPORTS, GAME VIDS, POSITIONAL ANALYSIS AND PLAYER TENDENCIES. TIME HAS COME FOR REBOUNDING, BLOCKING OUT, SCREENS AND BALL FAKES.
IT ISN'T THE LARGEST, MOST IMPORTANT OR MOST RELEVANT GAME THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE WBB TEAM HAS EVER PLAYED...BUT IT'S A DAMN FINE WAY TO START MARCH MADNESS.
THE BLANKET OF SNOW AND ICE THAT ENVELOPED LOUISVILLE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MORNING MORNING WILL MAKE THINGS A BIT TRICKY FOR FANS TREKKING TO THE KFC YUM! CENTER TONIGHT BUT REMEMBER THE BASICS...LEAVE EARLY, ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME AND DRESS WARMLY.
THIS BLANKET OF WINTER THAT GRIPS OUR AREA IS ALSO SYMBOLIC IN A FASHION. THESE INVADERS FROM UCONN WILL FEEL RIGHT AT HOME IN THIS WEATHER. MOTHER NATURE HAS LAID OUT A WHITE, FROSTY WELCOME BLANKET FOR THE NATION'S BEST. STEF DOLSON MAY ALREADY BE SLEDDING DOWN CHEROKEE HILL. BRIANNA STEWART MAKING SNOW ANGELS ON TOP OF THE WITHERSPOON PARKING GARAGE. GENO BUILDING A SNOWMAN IN FRONT OF THE KFC YUM! CENTER. PARTY FAVORS FOR THE INVITED GUESTS.
YOU KNOW UOFL. THEY'RE THE PARTY CRASHERS. THE UNWELCOME GUESTS. EVEN IN THEIR OWN ARENA TONIGHT THEY'LL BE THE SECONDARY NATIONWIDE ATTRACTION TO THE SILENT, DEADLY AND EFFICIENT KILLING MACHINE THAT IS UCONN. THE BEAST HAS COME TO FEED AGAIN.
TIME TO RUIN ANOTHER PARTY. TIME TO DANCE WITH THE PROM QUEEN AND THEN TELL HER TO TAKE A WALK WHILE YOU TAKE THE TIARA, GRAB THE THRONE AND GET COMFORTABLE. DRINK FROM THE PUNCH BOWL. DOUBLE-DIP THE CHIPS.
TIME TO CONDUCT A LITTLE UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
FOR EVERY TIME THAT YOU'VE FOUND A STRAY $5 BILL IN THE JEANS YOU'VE JUST WASHED. FOR EVERY TIME YOU'VE MADE ALL THE GREEN LIGHTS ON YOUR CROSS-TOWN JOURNEY. FOR EACH TIME YOU'VE INSERTED THE DOLLAR AND GOT TWO SOFT DRINKS OR BAGS OF CHIPS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE...
LADY LUCK? HOW ABOUT WEARING A RED SHIRT TONIGHT AND LENDING A HAND?
GET LOUD. GET CRAZY. BE CARDINAL FANS TONIGHT. MAKE THE YUM RATTLE.
AND, KNOW THIS...LADIES. WIN OR LOSE, THIS CITY, THIS FAN BASE IS VERY PROUD OF YOU. GIVE 'EM A LITTLE BONUS AND GET THE "W".