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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Louisville Women's Basketball -- Cards, Wolfpack tangle tonight...THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


TOP 20 BATTLE TONIGHT AT KFC YUM! CENTER 



The weather may have taken a downturn in the River City but the KFC YUM! Center should be blazing tonight when the #19 NC State Wolfpack WBB squad (16-6, 6-3) comes to town to face the Louisville Cardinals at 7 p.m. The Cards go into the Groundhog Day contest hoping to avoid their shadow and bring on six weeks of excellent basketball...which would take them into the NCAA Tournament. 

It's the first time the Cards have been on the Denny Crum Court since a January 18th. romp over Georgia Tech. They won all three on the road trip that took them to USF, Clemson and Pittsburgh...improving their record to 20-4 overall and 7-2 in conference...which has them in third place behind Notre Dame and Florida State. 

Louisville will look to the hot-hand of Mariya Moore...who had 20 points against the Panthers on Sunday, including five three-pointers. Asia Durr caught fire late and added 13 points for the Cards...who forced 21 turnovers that led to 21 points. Louisville connected for 10 treys in the contest...which equaled their season high in behind-the-arc marksmanship. 

NC State enters as winners of three out of their last four. The Wolfpack had knocked off Duke, Clemson and Pitt at home before travelling to Chapel Hill, NC and falling to North Carolina 83-70 Sunday. The Wolfpack ran into a hot-shooting TarHeel bunch that converted for 52.7% of their shots and went 14-24 from three-point range. UNC also scored 27 fastbreak points. 

Dominique Wilson totalled 18 points for NC State in the loss. She averages 11.3 per game for Wes Moore's squad. Miah Spencer added 15 points and six assists. Spencer leads NC State with 107 assists on the season. Season leading scorer Chelsea Nelson (11.6) and Jennifer Mathurin had double-doubles in the contest with 13 and 11 points and 10 rebounds each.  NC State also has four players (Mathurin, Wilson, Aislinn Konig and Ashley Williams who have bucketed at least 30 threes this season.



The balanced NC State attack has helped them pull a couple of what must be considered upsets this season. In addition to beating Duke, the Raleigh, NC school also has wins over Notre Dame and at Florida State....those wins for the Wolfpack being the only ACC losses that the Irish and Seminoles have had in conference play. UConn is the only other team this year that has wins over both Florida State and Notre Dame. 

Walz's defense will get a tough test tonight trying to slow down the multi-faceted and effective Pack attack. In addition, NC State is #23 in the nation in scoring defense and #26 in field goal percentage defense...so the Cards will have to work hard and make good decisions to put points on the KFC YUM! scoreboard. 


Here's hoping both Cardinal Joneses have big nights.
Last year's match-up was a wild, high scoring affair in the Holiday Gymnasium. The Cards overcame NC State's 14-point halftime lead to win 92-90. Louisville put up 35 points in the final quarter to get the win in a game where Moore poured in 31 points and hit her final four free throws to tie and then win the game for Louisville...who registered their 12th consecutive win of the season with the victory. Both teams shot over 50% in the donnybrook and Durr went 5-5 from trifecta land...part of her 21 points. Wilson had 31 points in the loss for NC State...getting 15 of them from the charity stripe.  

A total of six players fouled out in the contest (NC State 4,  UofL 2) and 57 total fouls were called by the whistle-happy refereeing crew of Bob Enterline, Pualani Spurlock and Dawn Marsh. No offense intended, but here's hoping the three don't get invited back for a repeat performance this year....


It should be a good one tonight down by the Ohio River. "Dandy" Don Russell and Sara White will have the call on the ACC Network Extra. Nick Curran and Adrienne Johnson will handle the radio duties on Cards Radio 790 AM WKRD.  

Jeff Walz wants a big crowd in the seats for this one...so fire up the SUV, pick up the neighbors and friends and come out for the Super-Heroes Night themed evening. Let's hope Myisha, Mariya and Asia come as Superwoman, Bat-Girl and Wonder Woman and save the day. 

It might not hurt if Walz breaks out the ol' Billy Barule tonight either...

LINK: Billy, Billy....Billy


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PAULIE PICKS

Seven ACC Contests on the docket for tonight. Let's look at them...


Florida State at Boston College. The 'Noles shouldn't have any trouble grounding the Eagles tonight in Chestnut Hill. Chief Osceola gets to celebrate a "W" for Florida State.

Clemson at Duke. The Tigers did get their first win of the conference slate last time out. That win streak ends tonight in the Cameron as the Blue Devils de-claw the felines and Duke goes to 7-3 in conference.  

NC State at Louisville. Ms. Wuf probably won't be dancing on the sidelines for Wes Moore's bunch but Louie the Cardinal Bird should have a birds' eye view of the Cards 21st win of the year. Louisville flies past the WolfPack. 

Pitt at Syracuse. The Orange have been an on-again, off-again team this year for "Q"...but they should have the juice to flow past the Panthers tonight in front of...oh, 500 or so fans. No excuse for Syracuse not to win this one. 

Georgia Tech at Virginia. Tech wrecked last time out against Clemson and won't find the going any easier in Charlottesville. Wahoo! The Cavs stick the sabre in the Yellow Jackets and UVA takes the fray. 

Notre Dame at Virginia Tech. The Gobblers are on a four-game conference losing streak and that won't end tonight against Muffet's Irish. No karaoke for the Hokie tonight...the Irish win. 

Miami at Wake Forest. This is the one that I had the most trouble in picking for tonight. Wake has been a surprise at 4-4 in the ACC. Miami maybe a disappointment at 5-4. Still, I'll take the 'winds' toppling the Forest tonight.


Thirsty Thursday thoughts? 
Paulie
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12 comments:

  1. I don't mind telling you I'm more than a little nervous about this one tonight for the WBB Cards. I don't think Louisville will be able to hold NC State to under 60 points, which the Cards have been able to do against opponents in five of their last six games.

    As you mentioned, NC State has some huge wins on their schedule. They are 2-2 on the road in ACC games, which does bode well for Louisville.

    The Cards must get big games out of the trio of Moore, Hines-Allen and Durr tonight. Hines-Allen had a rough outing last year against NC State. I think the keys tonight are for Louisville to have success shooting from outside, applying pressure and trapping defense and rebounding well.

    This is a possible loss for the Cards if they don't come to play. Hopefully, they'll be motivated early and not fade away in the final quarter. Got my rabbit's foot and lucky UofL t-shirt ready to go and I'll watch from the same chair I watched the last two. I'll have the same game snack (Wheat Thins, beer cheese and veggies.)

    Go Cards!

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

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    1. How can the Cards lose with all that going on, Joe?

      Paulie

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  2. Good morning cards fans. Is this the game the cards click on all cylinder,with strong support from the breakfast club.

    Go Cards beat the Pack.

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    1. Sure hope so, Marvin. A bunch of dangerous wolves are in our city.

      Paulie

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  3. Hines-Allen needs to shake off whatever has been limiting her and go out and have a big game tonight. If she can't, the Cards are really going to need Shook, Fuehring and JJ to bring it.

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    1. I agree,but if BJ & Taylor drive pentrate the middle of there zone it could open things up on offense.
      MLW

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  4. Imho I think if the cards could feed the post meaning myisha,shook & Ciera.The cards would have a big advantage.

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  5. Turn BJ & Taylor loose tonight, give them the green light.

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  6. Good piece and comments. It's a must win for us for seeding purposes. We need to put them down decisively and then take ND at home and then win what we're supposed to win through the end of the season to get a reasonable seed.

    We haven't over delivered on our ranking yet this year. We need to come out aggressively and take them down.

    M & M need to show up in the way you'd expect kids with their experience & seasoning to, BJ needs to lose the air balls on her jumpers and Durr needs to find her grove going into tourney season. Now is the time for this club to earn their ranking.

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  7. Cards using ciera johnson wrong though the ball to her high down in the post.

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  8. Nelson and Mathurin strong on the boards for State. Spencer talented guard. Cards have a good one tonight.

    Blue Lou

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  9. Spencer is a bull dog guard and Wilson is a sniper from deep range.But good effort from the cards minus MHA.GO Cards Beat the IRISH.

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