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!)
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.
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.
THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR
|Paulie (far right) surveys the Radio Hour crew.|
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!