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Friday, March 29, 2019

Louisville women's basketball: Cards Square Off Against Oregon State -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Square Off Against Oregon State

Louisville will take on Oregon State tonight in a Sweet Sixteen match-up.  Last year the two teams met in the Elite Eight, where the Cards won big after a close first half to advance to the Final Four.

The Cards advanced to their ninth Sweet Sixteen in school history after defeating Michigan last weekend, all appearances happening in the last 11 years.  Louisville hopes to earn their second straight trip to the Elite Eight.

The match-up is in Albany, NY and will take place around 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. You can also listen to the excellent commentary of Nick Curran and A.J. on Cards Radio 790 AM WKRD

Asia Durr leads the Cards in scoring.  The Wade Trophy finalist is averaging 21.3 points per game this year and second all-time in scoring at UofL.  She is third in program history with 224 points scored in the NCAA Tournament during her career, 19 points shy of tying Angel McCoughtry.

The three seniors (Arica Carter, Sam Fuehring, and Durr) are playing in their third Sweet Sixteen and are 9-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.  The group is the winningest class in program history.

Oregon State (26-7, 14-4 Pac-12) is in the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight time.  They held off Gonzaga 76-70 last weekend.  Prior to that, the Beavers took down Boise State in overtime 80-75.

The Beavers have a dynamic duo in offensive threats.  Redshirt sophomore Destiny Slocum is averaging 15.7 points this year and junior Mikayla Pivec is averaging 15.2 points.  Pivec is also averaging 9.2 rebounds per game, putting her just shy of a double-double.

OSU has some high-caliber wins against UCLA, Oregon, South Carolina, and Cal.  They had close losses in the regular season to Notre Dame and Arizona State.

The 1-seed vs 4-seed match-up is scheduled to tip-off at 9:00 p.m.  However, with UConn and UCLA
set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m., UofL and Oregon State will be more likely to start between 9:30 and 9:45, so yes, we are hoping for NO overtime for the first game.

The UofL senior players were loose, happy and telling jokes at the presser yesterday in Albany. We learned that Arica Carter is an ice-thief. . Asia is auditioning for a stand-up comedian gig. Sam is focused on the game ahead. Jeff Walz is trying to convince Geno to take the Tennessee job.

(I was happy to get to go back in my photo archives to pull up some UofL vs Oregon State pictures from last year..  Let's hope for the same result this year!)

Weekend Happenings

It appears Mother Nature is bringing us lots of rain today and tomorrow, altering some schedules.  Outdoor sports are subject to change so keep an eye on social media and for last minute changes.

Women's Basketball is the big sport happening with their 9:00-ish game tonight.  Hopefully we will see a victory so they can play again Sunday against the winner of UConn and UCLA.

Volleyball has a spring scrimmage against Kentucky at Cardinal Arena tonight at 6:00.  You can see the returners in action although not all of the new Cardinals will be joining us until the actual season in the fall.  Admission is listed as FREE for the scrimmage.

Lacrosse is back home at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday at noon.  Rain won't stop these sticks and nets from playing.  Lightning, though, is a different story.  Admission is free and this game against Delaware should be a good one. The Blue Hens are 5-5 this year.

Softball is on the road in Blacksburg, VA., for a three-game series against a ranked Virginia Tech team.  The Cards are fresh off taking over the NCAA Softball Instagram story yesterday, headed by Celene Funke.  Crazy, travel socks, homework, and hidden 'talents' were some of the video clips posted.

Women's tennis has Senior Day on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  Seniors Aleksandra 'Ola' Mally and Sena Suswam are the two Cards that will be recognized before they face Boston College.
The  Bass-Rudd Tennis Center is another location that has free admission.


Paulie (far right) surveys the Radio Hour crew.
Emanating from the magnificent media mansion on Mellwood, the Madness returns to the WCHQ
100.9 FM studios for another milestone in radio transmissions. Yep, the knuckleheads figured out the security code on the door and will hit the airwaves at Saturday 11:00 a.m. for 60 minutes of mayhem.

It should be a full house tomorrow in the studio as Paulie, Worldwide, Case, Daryl, and myself will be on air.  We will talk all sorts of sports with a primary focus on women's basketball. What? You expected bowling results and dart league scores?

Happy Friday and Go Cards!



  1. What day is it? It's game day! We are with you UofL women's basketball and know you'll be right for the fight tonight. TCB, baby, TCB.

    Curtis "Go Cards Go!" Franklin

  2. How about:

    Geno!!! Could you imagine if that actually happened???! Wow, talk about a soap opera
    Actually it would make sense logically for Geno. The fact that Uconn is locked into the AAC is becoming a real liability in recruiting. Geno has a real effective system, but it requires an impute of top talent. That would be assured if he coached Tenn. The returning talent for Uconn is not that bright. They will take a huge drop in talent next season.

    I don't think this will happen, but the effects and consequences would really be interesting.

    Blue Lou

    1. The glaring difference being that yesterday Geno not only said I am UConns coach but also said and I will be next year.
      Jeff followed him and said I am but did not say and I will be.

      For whatever reason. Jeff needs to stop playing the innocent party because examples such as that only serve to stoke the fire.
      He has the ability to tap down the concern level but he is choosing to not do it.

  3. As an interested observer who cheers for FSU but likes this site, I think the Cardinal women's basketball squad will beat Oregon State pretty easily tonight.

    Tennessee women's basketball fans are delusional. Just because they are Tennessee, they automatically think all they have to do is wag a beckoning finger and coaches will come running at breakneck speed.

    They are even talking about the possibilities of getting our Sue Semrau? Katie Meyer at Miami. Why stop there? Go after Donald Trump, the Pope, Bill Gates, Jimmy or Warren Buffett!

    I do not think you Cardinal fans have a thing to worry about, I think you'll beat Oregon State and UConn and have fun in Tampa.

    Seminole Sue

  4. Definitely taking an afternoon nap.
    Hate hate hate late start games.


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