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Tuesday, February 1, 2022


Hello! Hello ~ readers

Its Daryl stepping in for Jared on the Tuesday/Game-Day edition of Cardinal Couple.  A midweek WBB matchup for the Cards is a nice shake-up to the regular Thurs/Sunday we've been used to.  This game was originally scheduled for Jan 9th, 23 days ago. 

Also, a Happy February to you all.  I haven't had a lot of chances to do basketball previews this season and the season is really going to heat up from here on out, so let's get to it.   

CARDINALS (18-2 8-1)   vs    MIAMI (11-7 4-4 ACC)

All Photos: Jared Anderson 

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 1
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Site: Coral Gables, Florida
Radio: 790-AM WKRD for Nick Curran&Adrienne Johnson
Last Meeting: W, 79-76 (Jan. 26, 2021 at KFC Yum! Center)
Series History: 6-2 (W2, 3-2 home, 3-0 away, 0-0 neutral)

The Cardinals are on the road looking to win their fourth game in a row and continue their dominance over the Miami Hurricanes.

Louisville has won six out of the last seven games. The first meeting came in 1989, where Miami defeated Louisville 58-59 in Freedom Hall. The two have met as conference foes since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014-15 and the Cardinals are 6-1. UofL is 3-0 in Coral Gables.

Four of the eight contests have been decided by single-digits and two of the last three came down to the final minute of play.

The Hurricanes are 9-1 when outrebounding opponents this season, with the only loss coming to NC State. The Hurricanes’ are holding their opponents to just 57.8 points per game and averaging 61.6 points of their on 38% shooting and 29% from beyond the arc per game. As a team they are attempting almost 10 FT / game and shooting just 68% when they do get there. Both Miami and Louisville are averaging 38 rebounds per game. Hurricanes average 17 turnovers, 9 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

Grad senior Kelsey Marshall leads the offense for the Hurricanes, averaging more minutes and more than 14 points per game. She had 19 points including four 3-pointers for UM in the 2021 matchup vs the Cards. Naomi Mbandu came off the bench for the Hurricanes and had 17 points and 11 rebounds vs UofL. Junior and 6-4 forward Lola Pendande is the team's leading rebounder but not by much as it seems the guards can pull a decent about of loose balls as well. The assumed to be starting Lola's minutes are pretty a even split with Moulayna Johnson Sidi Baba - a junior who pulled down 10 rebounds in their outing vs Wake Forest on Sunday. Miami shot 28% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc but managed to win 66-59 over the Demon Deacons.

Miami has been coached by Katie Meier since 2005. She was voted AP Coach of the year in 2011.

Game Plan vs Miami
The Cards must win rebounding battle to get the victory. It could get ugly for the Hurricanes if they turn it over more than they already average (17). But I do think it will be another down to the wire battle for UofL. I think it'll be close the whole way rather than seeing a huge lead diminish in the final minutes and Emily Engstler continues her path to the WNBA draft. She leads all rebounders with 12 while also manages 4 steals and 2 blocks. Olivia Cochran is close behind with 10 of her own while also manages to get to the free throw line where she has an efficient outing of better than 80%.

As Always
Go Cards!!


  1. Marshall will probably go off for 25+ on us and we'll hold everyone else to less than 30 total. Hate that this one is on the ACC Network Extra -- my Internet has been sketchy these last few days and the cable company can't figure it out. But my cable TV is fine. Typical.

    Nick O.

  2. Bracketology has UofL WBB as #1 seed in Wichita and Miami in the next four out" category.

    Blue Lou

  3. Uh, UK, Mattie Mitchell is not coming back through that door. The "mighty Wildcats' are 9-9 on the season and 2-6 in the SEC. My, how the mighty have fallen. Rhyne Howard is probably thinking 'c'mon WNBA Draft, c'mon WNBA Draft'

    Five different UK players have missed time for the Wildcats since Jan. 20, a period in which Kentucky has played five games in 11 days. The absences have come for different reasons: Robyn Benton (ankle), Dre’una Edwards (team suspension), Kristen Crenshaw-Gill (ankle), Treasure Hunt (unspecified injury) and Jazmine Massengill (concussion protocol) have all missed at least one game since Jan. 20
    Elzy has resorted to playing two reserve sophomores a ton of minutes.

    Also, no UK in the Bracketology reveal.

    As recently as Kentucky’s Dec. 12 loss at Louisville, King and Leveretter were both unused bench players.

    Poor lil' Kitties. LOLOLOL

    In other news, I'm looking VERY seriously at a career change. I'm "up to here" with certain corporate policies and ha a GREAT interview with a competitor that is headed to Louisville and is wowed by my experience. Time to get paid.

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

  4. Great preview Daryl!

    My Tigers don't play tonight and lay in wait for the Cards flying in here Thursday.

    Good luck against the Canes, I think you're headed for a big win and will be watching online.

    Walz is dead on about what the refs are required to call. It's ridiculous, some of the things that aren't legit fouls end up getting whistled.

    I have always hated "the bar arm" call.. which is the free arm a dribbler uses when advancing the ball. How far can you go with it? Each ref seems to have a different interpretation of it. But, who's right? How much contact is too much?

    I guess we'll never know.

    Your friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer. SC


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