CARDS RANKED #2 IN AP POLL
The University of Louisville women's basketball team, fresh off a 73-51 win at Duke, has been voted #2 in the nation in the latest AP WBB poll, released Monday, Jan. 7th.
Louisville received 708 votes and (10) first place votes...out of a possible 30...to finish just seven votes behind Notre Dame...who got 715 votes and (12) first place votes. The #2 ranking ties the previous highest ranking, bestowed upon the Cardinals after they dismantled Notre Dame last year 100-67 back on January 11th.
Here we go again.
The Cards and Irish will face Thursday, Jan 10th. in South Bend, IN on the Notre Dame campus in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at 7 p.m. A nationally televised game on ESPN. Last year, the Irish came into the KFC YUM! Center as the #2 team in the nation but left in shambles after the 33-point Louisville beat-down.
#1 vs #2.
The Cards (14-0) are one of three still undefeated teams left in DI WBB hoops, joining Ohio and NC State in that classification. That's Ohio (not Ohio State). the Bobcats are un-ranked (seriously?) and are 12-0 after a win Saturday at Buffalo, in overtime 74-71. The Athens, OH squad brings in the dangerous (ask Louisville) Central Michigan Chippewa squad on Wednesday night. Ohio has no "top 25" wins but did defeat Purdue earlier in their schedule and has knocked off Eastern Kentucky also. The Bobcats play in the MAC.
The Wolfpack, who checks in at #8 in the AP poll, comes to the KFC YUM! Center on Sunday, Feb. 24th for their only regular season meeting against the Cards.
All told, the top 10 of the most recent top 25 has UConn at #3, Baylor #4, and Oregon at #5. They're followed by #6 Stanford, #7 Mississippi State and #8 NC State...with Maryland and Oregon State rounding out the top 10.
By conference, the top 25 has five teams from the ACC (Notre Dame, Louisville, NC State, #12 Syracuse and #22 Florida State). The Big 10 has five teams also in the top 25 with Maryland, #17 Iowa, #18 Minnesota, #23 Michigan State and #25 Indiana. Also with five schools representing is the PAC 12 who has Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State, #19 Arizona State and #24 California.
Four SEC schools are in the top 25. Mississippi State, #13 Tennessee, #16 Kentucky and #21 South Carolina. The Big 12 has three schools included in the top 25 with Baylor, #11 Texas and #20 Iowa State. (I can never remember which Iowa school -- Iowa or Iowa State -- is in which conference...Big 10 or Big 12.)
Three conferences have (1) representative in the top 25. The AAC (UConn), WCC (#14 Gonzaga) and the Big East (#15 Marquette).
We'll have plenty of coverage of the #1 vs #2 showdown here at CARDINAL COUPLE. Be sure to check back for Jared's "first look" at the game tomorrow. Paulie will take the Thursday day-of-game look at Irish vs. Cards and Jared brings the recap Friday.
#2. With a bullet. A chance at #1 Thursday. The voters believe in the Cards, even if national moron Andy Katz doesn't. He doesn't see the Cards as a Final Four squad. We wonder if he can see clearly enough to read a top 25 ranking. We should expect this, I suppose. an ESPN analyst, he also does work for the NCAA, and we all know how they feel about Louisville.
|This is a picture of a moron|
Louisville women's basketball can see the pinnacle. Thursday night they get the chance to reach it.
In closing...HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS!