The Cards will face three opponents in three days while out of the 50 states. They're set to play one game per day beginning Thanksgiving Day.
Radio is a great option. Cards Radio 790 WKRD will have Nick Curran and Adrienne Johnson there to bring all the action. They provide a concise, accurate and informative view of games. Download the app.
Louisville will face UT Arlington on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., E.T. The Mavericks went 24-8 last year and made an appearance in the NIT. They have started this season 4-0.
Louisville will square off against Oklahoma State on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., E.T. The Cowgirls went
14-16 last season. They are 5-0 this year. The Cards are 0-2 against Oklahoma State, with the most recent game coming right before Christmas 1993.
The prime time game of this event will be when Louisville matches up with #1 Oregon on Saturday at 3:15 p.m., E.T. The Ducks have started the year 4-0 and also defeated Team USA in a preseason exhibition. Oregon went 33-5 last year and fell in the Final Four to Baylor.
The Cards and Ducks are 2-2 all-time against each other. Louisville beat Oregon 77-61 back in November 2017 en route to one of Louisville's most successful seasons in program history.
Graves also called Q a few days before the game with a odd request. He wanted to know what outfit Q would be wearing during the game. The stylish Syracuse coach is back to his designer, fashionable suits this season after going with sweats and tracksuits last year. Graves suggested he switch back to the more casual attire against the Ducks.
Q countered with a classic response, noted that Oregon was #1 in the country and must have received all the Nike clothing gear, including Syracuse's. Said he'd be back in a suit for the rematch.
We can only wonder if Graves will call Walz and inquire about what the Louisville coach is packing, clothing wise, to take to the Virgin Islands.
Paulie will break down the three games more in-depth later this week. I'm not sure what Paulie is wearing this morning when he goes to edit today's article, but I do know he's a fan of retro/throwback Louisville sweatshirts he's collected over the years and "puffy pants".
Jared's Bold Predictions
I've been known to make some wild, bold predictions before. To make things interesting I decided to add some to today's article.
I'm not going to reveal what I'm wearing the rest the season, though. And, I'm not waiting by the phone to see if "Q", Graves or Walz call me to consult on clothing selections. I just want to see Paulie return to his 70's motif for the rest of the season.
And, if Nike dumped a bunch of clothing items on me, I'd probably return them postage due. After all, Louisville is an adidas school. OK, the bold predictions:
- No Louisville player will score more than 27 points in any game this season. Plenty of Cards have shown they can break 20 points but none of them can pull off 30 and 40-point games like Asia Durr could.
- The Cards won't break 100 this year. It happened three times last year and twice the year before. They were in perfect position to hit the triple-digit mark last game, needing just 42 points in the second half, but they couldn't do it. UTA and OKST would both be possible 100-point games, but with three games in three days expect to see the starters get plenty of rest.
- UofL will finish the home season perfect. Miami ruined that last year and Florida State the year before. Since moving to the KFC Yum! Center, Louisville has not had more than three losses at home. Walz has never had a perfect home record in any of his seasons with Louisville, but only one year did they have more than three home losses. This will be the year he hits that perfect home record mark.
- Louisville will lose to Oregon by more than 12 points. Oregon is just that good this year and Louisville has had plenty of early season woes with defensive troubles and missed easy shots.
- The Louisville-Kentucky game will be decided by single-digits. Three of the last five match-ups have been decided by less than 10 and both teams are ranked in the Top 15. Rhyne Howard now has her rookie year under her belt and will have a home crowd on her side.
Thoughts on these bold predictions? Have your own? Comment below!
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!