Thursday, June 11, 2015
It's showtime for Henderson and Krause tonight in NCAA Championships -- Thursday Cardinal Couple
( In the Thursday Edition of CARDINAL COUPLE, we'll look at the upcoming NCAA Championship Field events, the latest buzz on Lexie and a reversal of ruling. Jump in, buckle up, hold on and strap in Bill The Goat...we're coupling you this Thursday!)
THROWING IT OUT THERE AND FROM THE VAULT
Tonight in Eugene, Oregon Emmonnie Henderson and Chanel Krause will compete in the NCAA Championships for Track and Field.
Chanel Krause is first up, going in the pole vault finals that start around 7:45 ET. "E" will put the shot around 8:40 p.m. The discus finals...which Henderson will also participate in...aren't until Saturday afternoon.
Coverage on Thursday is on ESPNU (7-8:30 p.m.) and ESPN (8:30 - 11:30 p.m.)
Although both Krause and "E" would have to be considered longshots to win the respective events...based on their season bests and the season bests of their competition...throw that out (get it?) the window. It's the Finals. All 24 competitors have a 'shot'.
OK, done with the puns.
Best of luck to UofL's scintillating sophomores!
IS LEXIE FLYING SOUTH?
The Twitter, Instagram and widespread rumor world is picking up momentum on Lexie Brown and her visit to Louisville. The talented point guard the last two seasons for Maryland has parted ways with the Terps and searching for another home to spend her final three years of college at.
You remember Lexie, right? As a freshman, she torched Louisville for 20 points and six assists in the Terps win over the Cards in the NCAA Regional final in the KFC YUM! Center in 2014.
Seeing her in a back court with Durr, Cole, Carter, Jones in the 2016-17 season probably has Coach Walz dancing like Gene Kelly in Singing In The Rain.
She would have to sit a year...that's true...but what a great mentor and knowledge source she could be to the freshmen that will be in the back court for Walz in 2015-16.
Her Dad is Dee Brown...who knows a thing or two about hoops also. Oh, those magical Celtics teams with Dee dancin in the back court and getting air.
Highly unofficial rumors from questionable sources indicate that she loved the visit. How could she not? After all, it is Louisville...
WE STAND CORRECTED
On Tuesday, we threw three questions at you about "lines". We advised you on Wednesday that the answer to Question 1 was 'count the free throw' (question below). In a chat last evening with a very knowledgeable source, we found out that that is wrong. A player at the line shooting cannot cross that free throw line until the ball makes contact with the net, backboard or rim. If the player that is shooting steps over the line...it is a lane violation and no point awarded if the ball goes in.
Although this would be detrimental to the Walzian theorem that suggests "3" is better than "2"...the theorem may have to undergo a radical adjustment now that the "one plus one" is leaving the game.
Thanks to regular reader Vivian who raised the objection. We eventually get things right here at CC....even if it takes several attempts.
1) Basketball's Mariya Moore is at the free throw line for free throws. She shoots and hits the first one. Her left foot goes over the line as the ball is in the air. It touches down over that line before the ball goes through the hoop. Count the point or not?