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.
- 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.