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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

SB enters D1 Top25 rankings -- WBB for Team USA -- Finals Week -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Good Tuesday morning readers,

On today's edition of the Cardinal Coverage carousel, it's Daryl checking in with you early this week.  I will be out of town this weekend so we switched up the lineup. 

It's Finals Week on campus, so it's quiet on the sports calendar, and students and athletes have their heads in their studies. Good luck to everyone and happy studying!  Graduation commencement for the University of Louisville will be held Saturday, May 13, 2023. Some other programs around the commonwealth are actually holding their graduations on Derby Day, which is wild.  


The Cardinals have entered the chat for a spot in the Top25 D1 rankings. The up-trending Cards come in at the #25 Louisville spot just one spot away from displacing down-trending #24 UK as the best in the Bluegrass State.

Jared and I were thinking the last time the Cards got close to sniffing the Top25 in any poll was back in 2019... but if so, it was a brief appearance. While Louisville did earn a ranking in multiple polls in 2019, the Cards began the 2020 season at #18 in the College Sports Madness rankings. College Sports Madness current has the Cardinals at #24, ahead of unranked Kentucky.

Top25 Notes
  • Oklahoma remains at #1 in the land boasting a 42-1 record. 

  • Including UofL, there are 4 teams from the ACC represented in the poll, three in the Top10: #4 Florida State, #6 Clemson, and #9 Duke.

  • UofL is set to face Boston College this weekend at Ulmer Stadium Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with possible chance of storms in the area effecting gametimes.


The UofL women’s basketball team will represent Team USA in a four-game international tournament in Canada this summer.

The program announced that it accepted an invitation to participate in the 2023 Global Jam Tournament to be played in Toronto from July 12-16. The Cardinals will participate against three other national teams from Canada, Puerto Rico, and Africa. VCU was the U.S. representative last year and won the tournament. The Cards' Merissah Russell played in the event for the Canadian team. We have to believe she will be playing for the Cardinals in the 2023 event...

The event will provide head coach Jeff Walz a chance to gain experience for a club that will feature a number of new additions from the transfer portal. "Very excited to play in the GLOBL JAM Tournament in Toronto," Walz said. "It is a great opportunity for our team to gain valuable experience this summer and face some challenging national team squads."

The Cardinals will begin the round-robin portion of the tournament on Wednesday, July 12 against Puerto Rico at 11 a.m. ET at Toronto's Mattamy Athletic Centre. Their next matchup will be against Team Canada, on July 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET. After a day off, their final round-robin game will be against Team Africa on July 15 at 11 a.m. ET.

The Bronze Medal match-up up will be July 16 at 11 a.m. ET, with the Gold Medal match at 5 p.m. ET.

This should give the Louisville coaching staff a great gauge to see how the team can mesh for the 2023-24 season and us plenty to cover and anticipate at Cardinal Couple! 

As always, 
Go Cards!



  1. Hoping Cards WBB does well in Canada's Globl Jam. Very important that a --new to each other -- roster gets this early bo0nding experience.

    Here is a link (lengthy) with two LSU WBB stars talking college hoops and other things. Louisville radio does not know that the Cardinals WBB team exists. Sad, really, with such huge fan support and such glaring lack of media coverage.


    Nick O

    Arthur Here !

    Great to see your softball hitting their stride now. Your coach has a group of hitters from top to bottom..
    Thing to remember is that Mulkey and LSU won the WBB championship with just one senior and nine new players, so anything is possible.

    It's interesting. Never assume. to see how WBB chatter here in South Carolina decreased to whisper levels after Iowa knocked Dawn Staley out in hoops, Eveyone had just handed So. Car the title

    Looks like Walz is bringing in talent, not seeing anything where Van Lith is going, Cuz says it's LSU. We'll see.

    Your Friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC


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