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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Louisville women's basketball time drawing closer -- Volleyball top 25 -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WILL HAVE DURR, WALZ AT ACC TIP OFF


There is an old song, originally written by the soul group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes called "IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME BY NOW" that could easily describe either Asia Durr or Jeff Walz of the Louisville women's basketball team. The 1972 standard was also redone by Simply Red in 1988, a re-make that is equally good. 

In short, we're guessing you've heard of the two. Two of the finest representatives of Louisville athletics of all time. A far cry from the drama-ridden Pitino and blundering Bobby Petrino. 

WHO ARE THOSE GUYS?


Asia Durr knows a lot about having soul. Heart, perseverance, determination and "being known by now" are also items she can check off her list as done. She and Jeff Walz will represent the Cards at the ACC WBB Tip Off Media Days in Charlotte, NC today at the Sheraton. 


The two will join Christy Thomaskutty (who?) at 11:30 for a 20-minute Q&A session on the ACC Network and theacc.com Hopefully, part of the time will be spend on finding out who Christy Thomaskutty is and...when did she become part of the ACC Network?  

I like my Thomaskutty on the rocks...water back. 

If you don't know Jeff Walz by now...welcome out of your coma and you'll be eating solid food soon. The Cards skipper was the ACC Coach of the Year last year. Asia was the ACC Player of the Year last year. Perhaps they'll run into Muffet McGraw in a hallway or banquet area in Charlotte and proper introductions can occur today. 

Walz and Durr will also be involved in other various interviews and media opportunities throughout the day in Charlotte...with folks such as Deb Antonelli, Rebecca Lobo, the Pope and some of the other seven dwarfs. No, Paulie is not in Charlotte...the dog ate my ticket. I'll be watching the proceedings, though, via Internet. How about you? 

Yes, Virginia, basketball season draws near.  The WBB Tip Off Luncheon for the Cards is October 26th. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown...in case you haven't got your tickets already. That's a Friday and it's always a fun event.  A chance for Cardinal Couple to get an interview or two. Doors open at 10:30. Tickets are $32. 


And, eventually, we'll receive notice of the UofL WBB Media Day at the little YUM. Another great chance to hear from Coach and the players. Paulie expects to hook up with his assistant interviewer extraordinaire Arica Carter and get Cardinal fans the answers to those questions we're sure you have. 

The Cards go forth to begin the 2018-19 campaign on November 6th (a Tuesday) in scenic Bowling Green against the Toppers of WKU. 

Today, though, it's "let's meet the 2018-19 ACC women's basketball players and coaches" confab in a town best known for housing the 2-2 Carolina Panthers, for UNCC and those magical days of Bobby Lutz. 

LINK: HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES "IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME BY NOW".



VOLLEYBALL JOINS TOP 25

Finally. 


It took a road trip and 4-0 start to ACC play but Dani Busboom Kelly's UofL Volleyball squad is finally in the AVCA Coaches Poll Top 25. 

Barely.

The #25 Cards took care of business over the past few days with wins at Georgia Tech and Clemson to keep the conference slate perfect. Louisville is in a three-way tie atop the conference with undefeated (15-0, 4-0) and #8th ranked Pittsburgh and Syracuse (8-4, 4-0).  

If things continue in the same fashion, two dates that Cardinal Volleyball fans will want to circle on their All-Sports calendar are Sunday, Oct. 21st...when the Cards travel to Pitt tom face the Panthers in wide-net action and Sunday, Oct 28th...when Syracuse comes a 'callin. 


Syracuse also 4-0 in ACC play
It's tight at the top with three schools sitting at 3-1 in ACC standings. The Cards host Duke (1-3 in ACC play) Friday, October 5th. That one is the first of four straight home contests at Cardinal Arena and has a special start time of 5 p.m....so as to not interfere too much with Cardinal Football that night at 7 p.m. and provide Cardinal fans the possibility of attending both events. 

We're pretty lucky to have a trio of great Volleyball followers and knowledgeable analysts here at Cardinal Couple in Worldwide Jeff, Jared Anderson and Case Hoskins. I appreciate all the coverage they provide for Cardinal Couple. 


paulie
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14 comments:

  1. Welcome back Paulie. Loved the article today. Basketball, YES! Let's get it started.

    Loved the "Who Are The Guys" clip and, as a note, my father used to sing a great version of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" when I was a little boy.

    Go Cards!

    Curtis "Couldn't carry a tune in a bucket" Franklin

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  2. Watching the ACC tipoff broadcast. Great stuff so far. I really like Kenny Brooks and his VT Hokie gals. They may be my second favorite team in the ACC. Coach Q at 10 a.m. coming up. That should be entertaining.

    Nick O.

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    1. LOL. Yep. Q always brings it. Should be good.

      Paulie

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  3. Well...Q was actually "toned down" a little bit from what we've seen in the past...but....those glasses! Walz at 11:30 with Asia. All the other programs have had two players. A surprise, is their a second WBB player down there? Checking...

    Paulie

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  4. No surprises coming up. Just Walz and Asia. Very impressed with new Pitt coach. We'll feature a review of the morning in the Wednesday Cardinal Couple article.

    Pauie

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  5. Teddy Pendergrast at his begging best!

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    1. I had forgotten about the Teddy Bear years in the Blue Notes, K.

      Ah, that Philly soul.

      Paulie

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  6. Hey, Ho! Dave O here:

    Caught Walz's segment and thought Coach represented well. It did crack me up when Asia was asked about a noted Walz saying and she responded with "A clean one?"

    I thought Christy looked familiar and turns out she was the head coach at Emory University for a number of years before stepping down prior to the 2017 season due to health reasons. Looks like she might be splitting time between ACC and SEC Networks.

    She'll do. They could have chosen a lot worse.

    I caught the tail end of the new Pitt coach and Bugg. I like this guy! Steeler Tough! LOL. I'm sure he learned a lot from Semrau. Hopefully NOT how to beat Louisville.

    Shooting for an afternoon tee time now. Morning showers got me.

    Dave O

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  7. VT Hokies Fan. First time visitor. I saw you were covering ACC women's media day. I watched the morning session also.

    We love Kenny B. here in Blacksburg. Almost got us a WNIT title. Pulled the big upset in ACC Tournament last year. We should have gotten an NCAA Tournament bid but I think we gained a lot of valuable experience by playing in the WNIT.

    Regan the key to us this year. Love her game!

    You have a very nice site here. I like that you cover all the women's sports. I wish VT had a site that did this in addition to the official VT Athletics site.

    I'll be back. Do you need a name to post here? Not really sure but my friends nicknamed me "Professor" years ago so I will go with that.

    Professor

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    1. Welcome! No need to have a nickname, but it's good to know who we're talking too. We've got a very diverse group of writers/readers here so as long as everyone remains civil, we all get along just fine. We have regular readers from numerous programs as well. Any time VT faces Louisville in a women's sport, you can be sure we'll cover it here. Hope to see you back!

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    2. Hey there, Professor! Glad that you enjoy the coverage of women’s sports here. We’ll gladly take any insight you have on VT sports. With UofL and VT playing against each other in nearly every sport the two schools have in common you’re sure to find some coverage here!

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    3. Thank you! Both you two are excellent writers from what I've seen going back to your extensive archives here. Glad to be welcome. There are some fans bases who would not be so kind and gracious.

      We are trying desperately to reach that rarefied air of a top-five squad in the ACC and in College WBB. I think Kenny will get us there.

      Professor

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  8. Their playing basketball that cardinals basketball!
    Go UofL wbb team.
    What the starting lineup ?

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    1. That's a real good question, Marvin. I'm no expert and have no "inside" info on who might start. My best guess would have Durr, Arica Carter, Sam Fuehring, Kylee Shook and Jazmine Jones out there for opening tip...but it's just a guess.

      Paulie

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