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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Louisville to Host ACC Network Takeover July 10 -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Louisville to Host ACC Network Takeover July 10

Louisville Athletics will claim the spotlight for 24 hours when Louisville takes over the ACC Network on Sunday July 10.

The ACC Network takeover has been a common thing in recent years, especially during the summer. Each ACC school receives a day where their games featuring several different teams will be showcased. The Cards drew a lucky straw with a weekend slot.

This year, the ACC chose to go in alphabetical order. Boston College was first to go on Tuesday with Clemson taking over yesterday. Duke gets the spotlight today.

Louisville announced the games slated for Sunday's feature:

12:00 am: Men's Soccer vs Wake Forest (presumably 3-0 win in 2021 season)
2:00 am: Men's Basketball vs NC State (presumably 73-68 win in 2021-2022 season)
4:00 am: Football spring game
6:00 am: Baseball vs NC State (presumably 11-4 or 11-7 win in 2022 season)
9:00 am: Men's Basketball vs Georgia Tech (presumably 67-64 or 84-74 win in 2021-2022 season)
11:00 am: Men's Soccer vs North Carolina (presumably 2-0 win in 2020 season)
1:00 pm: Football vs UCF (the "Pick-6" win in 2021 season)
4:00 pm: Women's Basketball vs UConn (presumably 69-64 win in 2021-2022 season)
6:00 pm: Volleyball vs Pitt (presumably 3-2 or 3-1 win in 2021 season)
8:00 pm: Women's Basketball vs Michigan (presumably 70-48 or 62-50 win in 2021-2022 season)
10:00 pm: Volleyball vs Kentucky (the 3-2 win in 2021 season)

For the most part, I like the lineup. I don't think a football spring game is big enough to take a slot in the lineup and I think there should be a better balance in the women's and men's sports, but having been at almost all of these events and having watched the rest on tv/online I can say with confidence that all games will be exciting.

The dates from each game aren't listed so I did some research and guessed at which games/results will be the ones shown. For those that have multiple possibilities I'm going to list which ones I think will be the games aired, but don't hold me to it.

The Volleyball vs Pitt match will most likely be the 3-2 thriller at the L&N FCU Arena this past season. It came down to a fifth set, where the Cards outscored the Panthers 9-5 down the stretch following the final media timeout. The win helped UofL to improve to 20-0 on the year and was a key moment in realizing just how good Dani Busboom Kelly's squad was.

The Women's Basketball vs Michigan game will most likely be the 62-50 win in the Elite Eight that sent Louisville to its fourth ever Final Four. The Cards relied on a 17-7 fourth quarter to pull away. The Wolverines brought the score within two before Jeff Walz's squad slammed the door by scoring the final 10 points in the game.

After having another great season that was highlighted by a perfect mark in ACC play, it's a shame that Louisville field hockey did not make the cut for Sunday's lineup. Softball had some exciting games this past season that could've made the slate as well. Women's soccer had multiple extra time victories last season in conference play that had the potential to make the cut too.

The lineup is subject to change and it's not uncommon to see bits and pieces skipped to help keep the tv schedule on time.

We will reflect back at some of the exciting women's victories on our regularly scheduled Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast this Saturday.

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!

1 comment:

  1. Seven men's events and just four women's? Gee, I guess I never realized just how good our men's programs were in 2021-22. Or, it's utter stupidity.

    Nick O


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