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Monday, March 4, 2024

A tale of two halves -- Notre Dame defeats Louisiville WBB 74-58 -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Offense Was Offensive in Louisville 's Loss

It was a game day scenario that spelled the possiblity for distaster... the Cards were visiting  sold out Purcell Pavllion on Notre Dame's Senior Day,. Just a few days ago, the  Cards had pummeled a visiting FSU on Louisville's Senior Day. This time Louisville got a taste of the medicine that can be fed to visitiing teams on the day.  The Irish danced past Louisville 75-58.

A tale of two halves. The Cards battled relatively hard in the first half and  trailed by just two at the end of the first quarter. But, the Cards took a seven point lead at 36-29 into the locker room at halftime, Interestingy enough, the Cards were diong a lot of it with Olivia Cochran, who was on the bench for nine minutes in he second quarter. The defense was rocking, and one was cautiously optimistic. Could the Cards hold the Irish off in the second half and get a crucial road win? 

The answer was a resonding  "NO". 

When you go 0-14 from the floor in a stretch of the third quarter and lose the quarter 30-10, it's obvious that your opponent has reacted and adjusted and you have lost whatever you had and are grabbing for the life preserver. Notre Dame's zone was zoning out Louisville's attack.

The Cards were reverting to the way they played against Virginia, and Notre dame was getting Hildago and Citron all the birthday cake and ice cream they wanted in this celerbation of lashing Louisville lopsided.  The Cards couldn't rally in the fourth quarter and took the 16 point defeat. 

So, now, any chances of getting two games at home in the NCAA Tournament have flown out the window. The Cards will be a #5 seed in the ACC Tournament and play on Thursday, a 11 a.m. game to start the day's four games. The Cards will get the winner of the #12 Clemson vs. #13 seed Boston College. We'll have a full bracket up here in our Tuesday article...maybe even later today 

Let's hope the defense can return and point prodction does, too...the 58 points were Louisville's lowest of the season. Not a great way to go into post-season play..

More importantly, this team just doesn't seem tohave the leadership or the ability  to put a 3-4 game winning run together since late January. And, time is running out.   

The Fred Report

(Fred Mertz --i Love Lucy --after watck=hing the third quarter of Sinday's game)

Free Throws --  11-14 isnt so bad of an effort from the line. it's  78% and that'll earn a CAPITAL "F" 

Rebounds --  Louisville fell in the rebounding battle 36-31. Cochran and Jefferon had six each.. Not our finest hour on the boards. and I can't award a letter. 

Effort/Execution -- It was a tale of two halves there...Louisville did have that disaterous third quarter, after a 16-30 first half shooting spree. And 17 turnovers is too many, too. .I look at the overall picture and it was a loss, so i'll not award a letter.  Not wth their lowest scoring output of the season

Defense --    The "d: gets an "f" in gradingfor that disasterous display in the econd half, #e looked lost, unmotivaed and throughly disillusioned. allowing 30 poins in a quarter just doesn't happeThe torunament tartsn to Louisville women's  basketball squads. No letter.

final fred report    F-_-_-_


The tourney begins Weds in Greensboro with three games. The Cards go at 11 a.m. Thursday in the first game against the winner of the Boston College andClemson game on Weds. 

ACC Netword will show all he action up to Sunday, when ESPN take over and will show the final game. I will not be attending this year, still recovering from surgery and a bit weak on my feet, but I;ll be watching all the action on TV  

Jared will have more tomorrow


We will offer the contest again this year. Jared reurns as bracket manager and he'll talk more about that in Tuesday's column. We'll accept picks here in our comments sections, at his e-mail or Paulie's e-mail ... soon as the field is released. and order finalized. We will have a $25 Applebee's or $25 Cracker Barrel for the winner, the second place finisher gets the card that first place didn't choose. 

Good luck!  


AUDIO:  Post Game Jeff Walz

Softball Downs Chippewas 7-2

The University of Louisville softball team closed out the USF Tournament with a 7-2 win over Central Michigan Sunday afternoon at the USF Softball Field., 

Alyssa Zabala (9-1) earned the win after allowing only one base runner via a walk and striking out two in three innings of relief. Daisy Hess went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Mack and Thatcher each had two hits and drove in a run  and Miller went 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI to help lead the Cardinals at the plate.




  1. Well the cards showed up in the first half,but went cold in the second half.
    When you don't shoot the ball well you can't match the other teams intensity especially when you're on the road. Jayda Curry couldn't buy Basket it wasn't a good shooting night for her.

    The 5th seed 👀sound good to me!
    To be honest this team needs to play more basketball🏀 games ,so having an extra game to play is a good thing for this team practice make perfect .
    Get rest after the ACC Tournament!
    L1C4 💯Go Cards 🔥🔥

  2. Sonja Picks: Clemson, GT, VA, Lou, UNC. GT, FSU, ND , UNC, NCST, Syr, ND, VT, NCST, VT


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