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Video: Montrezl Harrell Discusses 61-Point Blowout Win & Chinanu Onuaku’s Progression

Montrezl Harrell Post game Savannah State from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo.

Video: Rick Pitino Recaps His Team’s 61-Point Win

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals got their fourth win of the season on Monday evening, crushing the Savannah State Tigers 87-26. When you win by 61-points, there’s not a whole lot you can take from the game.

Pitino said that this will likely be the first time since he’s been at Louisville that he won’t watch the game film. He also says that he genuinely felt bad for the opponent.

“You hate to see a team struggle like that,” Pitino said. “We tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian.”

Rick Pitino Savannah State Post Game Press Conference from The Cardinal Connect on Vimeo.

Louisville 87 – Savannah State 26: Cards Cruise By 61

Photo: Jamie Rhodes - USA Today

Photo: Jamie Rhodes – USA Today

The 19,514 fans that showed up to the KFC Yum! Center on Monday evening left without seeing much entertainment as Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals pummeled Savannah State, 87-26.

Where do we start?

I don’t think there has ever been a game where there was less to take from. Louisville was just a much better basketball team and that showed in every way imaginable.

“This will probably be the first time since I’ve been at Louisville that we won’t watch the game film,” Pitino said in his post game press conference.

The Savannah State Tigers were atrocious for the entire game, but they were particulary bad in the first half. They trailed 41-7 at the break behind 2-of-26 shooting from the floor. They didn’t have a much better start to the second half. They finished the game making just 10-of-51 field goals for 19%.

Savannah State scored just 26 points, which is also the same amount of turnovers that they committed.

Montrezl Harrell led the way for Louisville, finishing with 15-points and nine rebounds. Chinanu Onuaku almost had another double-double. The freshman center finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Wayne Blackshear finished with 13-points, while Terry Rozier chipped in with 11-points.

1st 2nd Total
SAVANNAH STATE (2-3) 7 19 26
LOUISVILLE (4-0) 41 46 87
Leaders LOU SSUM
Points HARRELL (15) FENNER (8)
Assists SNIDER (3) FRANCIS (1)
Rebounds ONUAKU (9) FENNER (6)
Steals GILL (4) PEARSON (3)
Blocks ONUAKU (6) PINKETT (2)
Quick Stats LOU SSUM
Field Goals 31-59 (52.5%) 10-51 (19.6%)
Free Throws 17-30 (56.7%) 6-12 (50.0%)
3-Point FGs 8-20 (40.0%) 0-16 (0.0%)
Offensive Rebounds 16 8
Defensive Rebounds 38 20
Total Rebounds 54 28
Assists 17 3
Turnovers 17 26
Steals 16 11
Blocks 8 4
Points in Paint 40 14
Points off Turnovers 22 6
2nd Chance Points 17 6
Fast Break Points 12 2
Bench Points 29 13

Numbers courtesy of GoCards.com

Next Week’s Governor’s Cup Match-Up Slated For A Noon Kickoff

James Crisp - Associated Press

James Crisp – Associated Press

The Louisville football team will have their only noon kickoff of the season next Saturday when they host in-state rival Kentucky.

The ACC announced on Satuday evening that the Louisville – Kentucky match-up will kick off at noon and will be televised on ESPN2.

Kentucky got off to a 5-1 start this season, but have since lost five straight games. A win over Louisville would grant Kentucky bowl eligibility for the first time in four years.

Louisville has won the last three games in the Governor’s Cup rivalry.

This will be the first time the two teams will play each other in the final week of the regular season. Since renewing the rivalry in 1994, this game took place as the season opener up until 2006. At that point the game started being played in week three during the years it was in Lexington.

The future of this series appeared to be in question when the SEC was considering moving to a nine game league schedule. However, the in Oct. it was announced that the series had been renewed until 2019.

-Nov. 29, 2014 in Louisville
-Nov. 28, 2015 in Lexington
-Nov. 26, 2016 in Louisville
-Nov. 25, 2017 in Lexington
-Nov. 24, 2018 in Louisville
-Nov. 30, 2019 in Lexington

Louisville 31 – Notre Dame 28: Cards Squeeze It Out In South Bend

Photo: USA Today Sports

Photo: USA Today Sports

Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals picked up their eighth win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 31-28 win over Notre Dame in the first ever meeting with the Irish.

Louisville had a lead for the majority of the game, but Notre Dame put together a very strong second half to make things interesting. In the end, the Cards were able to do just enough to squeeze past the Irish.

It looked as if this one was headed to overtime, but Notre Dame’s Kyle Brindza missed a 32-yard field goal, which allowed Louisville to kill the clock for the remainder of the game.

“We knew it was going to be a fourth-quarter game,” Bobby Petrino said after the game. “They competed extremely hard. I think our assistant coaches on offense did a great job on the sideline of calming our guys down, keeping our poise.”

Louisville didn’t have their best game offensively when it comes to the passing attack, but with the mixture of strong running backs and Reggie Bonnafon’s ability to scramble out of the pocket, the Cards dominated the ground attack. Louisville finished with 229 rushing yards while Notre Dame had just 99.

“We felt like we could run the ball, and we did it late in the game, which is real important to winning games,” Petrino said.

Louisville has their final regular season game next Saturday when they host in-state rival Kentucky.

Quick Stats
Team Totals LOU ND
First Downs 23 16
Net Yards Rushing 229 99
Net Yards Passing 180 236
Total Offense Yards 409 335
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0 – 0 1 – 0
Penalties: Number-Yards 8 – 57 3 – 36
Punts – Yards 4 – 166 4 – 187
Possession Time 35:31 24:29
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 14 (0.429) 4 of 11 (0.364)
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 (0.000) 0 of 0 (0.000)
Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-20 4-32
Field Goals 1-2 (0.500) 2-3 (0.667

Louisville 85 – Marshall 67: Cards Cruise Past Thundering Herd

Photo: Jamie Rhodes - USA Today

Photo: Jamie Rhodes – USA Today

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals moved to 3-0 on the season with a 85-67 win over the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday evening. It wasn’t a pretty game to say the least.

Louisville shot 38% from the floor, but they held Marshall to just 36% and also forced the Thundering Herd into 21 turnovers.

Although it wasn’t a great game, it was nice to see the Cards get an 18-points win without Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell having big performances. After a strong start to the season, Harrell was limited to just 24-minutes after picking up three first half fouls. Rozier finished with 17 points but was just 5-of-16 from the floor.

“It was good to play without Montrezl Harrell to see if we could be in a situation where we didn’t lose the lead,” Pitino said following the game.

“Our guards tonight didn’t play like veterans because they were affected too much by their missed shots and they lost focus of what’s most important – and that’s winning the game. So, it was disappointing from an experience standpoint, but a very good victory for us. We knew this team would be difficult to defend because sometimes they play five out on the perimeter and it takes you out of what you do defensively. I thought Nanu and Mangok Mathiang were very focused on their jobs tonight, and they both did an excellent job.”

Chris Jones led the way with 18-points and five assists with just one turnover. He’s had solid stat lines in Louisville’s first three games, but he’s not shooting well. Jones was 5-of-18 against Marshall.

Wayne Blackshear had a very solid performance, particularly in the first half. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks. This was exactly what Louisville needs from Blackshear on a nightly basis.

Chinanu Onuaku and Mangok Mathiang both finished with a game high 11 rebounds. Nanu also added 10-points, giving him his second straight double-double.

Surprisingly, walk-on David Levitch took minutes from Quentin Snider and Anton Gill in last night’s game. Levitch played 15-minutes and scored six points and collected two steals.

Louisville Football: Week 13 Bowl Projections

Photo: Pete Cautilli

Photo: Pete Cautilli

With two games left in the season Louisville doesn’t have a chance to make the four team college football playoff, but they still have a shot to get to a very good bowl game. Below are the projections from the national media.

ESPN (Schlabach)

Sun Bowl vs. Utah (12/27)

El Paso, Texas – Dec., 27

ESPN (McMurphy)

Pinstripe Bowl vs. Penn State

New York, NY – Dec. 27

Athlon

Pinstripe Bowl vs. Penn State

New York, NY – Dec. 27

Phil Steele

Military Bowl vs. Cincinnati

Washington DC – Dec. 27

CBS

Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee

Nashville, TN – Dec. 30

The Sporting News

Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Oklahoma

Orlando, FL., – Dec. 29

Sports Illustrated

Sun Bowl vs. Utah

El Paso, Texas – Dec., 27

Fox Sports

 Sun Bowl vs. Utah

El Paso, Texas – Dec., 27

Louisville Lands Back In The Top 25 Of The College Football Poll

Photo: Pete Cautilli

Photo: Pete Cautilli

With a 7-3 record with just two games left, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals have landed themselves back into the top 25 of the College Football Playoff rankings. Louisville is No. 24, which is the highest they’ve been at all season. Prior to the Florida State loss, the Cardinals were at No. 25.

WEEK 13, NOV 18, 2014

Rank
Team
Record
1 Alabama 9-1
2 Oregon 9-1
3 Florida State 10-0
4 Mississippi State 9-1
5 TCU 9-1
6 Ohio State 9-1
7 Baylor 8-1
8 Mississippi 8-2
9 UCLA 8-2
10 Georgia 8-2
11 Michigan State 8-2
12 Kansas State 7-2
13 Arizona State 8-2
14 Auburn 7-3
15 Arizona 8-2
16 Wisconsin 8-2
17 Utah 7-3
18 Georgia Tech 9-2
19 Southern Cal 7-3
20 Missouri 8-2
21 Oklahoma 7-3
22 Clemson 7-3
23 Nebraska 8-2
24 Louisville 7-3
25 Minnesota 7-3
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