FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
Back to the cold temps here in the Ville but I still get the warm fuzzies for a Sweet 16 berth! It was great to see two solid wins for the WBB squad last weekend. Coach Walz has officially found himself on to my UofL Mount Rushmore... Sweet 16 is no longer a huge feat for this program, they smell blood. Now, lets get these next 4 wins!
After 5 days off, the UofL softball team will hit the road to face #16 Clemson in a three-game series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra. The teams will meet again in an ACC Network-televised game Saturday at 5 p.m. The Cards and the Tigers will wrap up the weekend Sunday at 12 p.m. on ACCNX.
The Cardinals bring a 17-10 overall record and a 1-2 mark in ACC. Clemson brings a 19-9 overall and 1-5 mark in ACC play.
This pic is from the 3/18/2017 edition of CC, I'm pretty sure Paulie took this from his seat on the sidelines.
Series History - UofL is 2-2 all-time against Tennessee and 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals won 75-64 on March 20, 2017 at the KFC Yum! Center to advance to the Sweet 16. Louisville upended Tennessee 86-78 on April 2, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla., to advance to the Final Four. On Nov. 11, 2010, Louisville fell 63-50 to Tennessee in the first ever game at the KFC Yum! Center with a program-record 22,124 fans in attendance.
In 2017, Asia Durr led the way with 23 points, while Myisha Hines-Allen finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists as Louisville rallied from a point down entering the fourth quarter to a 75-64 win to advance to the Sweet 16.
Key Matchups to watch
Olivia Cochran & Liz Dixon rotation vs Tamari Key. Olivia is averaging more than 20 minutes a game and Dixon averages 15 minutes on the floor. This should work to the Cardinal's advantage as Key carries most of the load underneath for Tennessee.
I think Emily Engstler will do some heavy battles with Alexus Dye and try to take the ball away from her. With the absence for Jordan Horston for Tennessee (elbow injury), Dye is the second leading rebounder for the Vols behind Key and third in scoring averaging double digits. Emily is 6'1 with a 14 foot wingspan. It will be important to limit her ability to score. She's had a double-double in Tennessee's last four games.
Kianna Smith vs Rae Burrell should be the anchor of this game. The ability of these two to guard the other and run an offense will likely dictate the flow and final outcome. Finger's crossed its Kianna's night!!
Louisville women's golf will compete at The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic beginning Friday morning at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
A field featuring eight top-25 teams will play in the 50th edition of the tournament on Friday-Sunday.
#3 Wake Forest is the top-ranked team in the tournament along with #4 South Carolina, #11 Texas, #12 Alabama, #13 Southern California, #16 Texas A&M, #17 Arkansas and #22 Ole Miss. Rounding out the competing squads are Charleston, Georgia Southern, Houston, Mercer, Mississippi State and a Georgia "B" team.
Kendall Griffin leads the Cardinals into the tournament after posting three top-five finishes in the last four events. Carmen Griffiths, Mairead Martin, Hana Ryskova and Lauren Thibodeau will also take the course for the Cardinals this weekend.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast - As far as I know, the whole gang should be present for this week's recording. We will have some softball to recap as well as a HUGE matchup with Tennessee to preview.