GOODNESS. GRACIOUS. PEOPLE. How many times does Rick Pitino have to say he is NOT leaving Louisville and that this is where he will retire from???
For the last month it has been Calipari, Calipari in the bluegrass. Now Rick Pitino, one of the only coaches in America with a profile/ego to rival that of the new Big Blue coach has found himself at the center of local, and national headlines. The extortion side of this at the least is a serious issue. Whether or not Pitino was nailing Sypher, I personally could careless. That is both persons personal lives and I am not concerned with what they do on their own time. It isn’t a crime to have an affair, it is to attempt and blackmail someone.
The last time these two programs met, Denny Crum was pacing the sidelines and Mateen Cleaves, Mo Peterson and Charlie Bell led Tom Izzo’s Spartans to a 69-57 win in East Lansing. Michigan State went on to lose to Duke in the National Semifinals that year (1999) and win it all the following year (2000). Ten years later, Louisville (31-5) is now the team sporting multiple future NBA draft picks and will face Michigan State (29-6) Sunday in the Elite Eight. The Spartans will be playing for a chance to go to the Final Four in their home state after coming back from 13 points down to beat Kansas 67-62 in the Midwest Regional semifinals. It is doubtful .... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/pinkie-previews-ncaa-elite-eight-michigan-state-louisville-breakdown/
The Louisville Cardinals (30-5) have reached their 17th NCAA Sweet 16 via hard fought victories over Morehead State and Siena. The 17 appearances rank fourth all-time since the NCAA began Sweet 16 records in 1975 (North Carolina 23, Kentucky 20, Duke 20, Louisville, UCLA and Kansas 17) Louisville coach Rick Pitino is now .... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/pinkie-preview-ncaa-sweet-sixteen-arizona-louisville-breakdown/
Louisville fans can take comfort that this group of Cardinals will not go down without a fight. The Cards displayed real basketball toughness en route to Sunday evening’s 79-72 victory over Siena in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena. The win propelled the Cards to the Midwest Regional Semifinals against Arizona (the lowest seeded team remaining in the entire tournament) next Friday at 7:05 p.m at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Terrence Williams played one of his best games in a UofL uniform, scoring a team high 24 points, while pulling down a game high 15 rebounds to ... RECAP OF SIENA: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/toughness-prevails-cards-79-saints-72-tomarkens-tabulation/
Louisville and Morehead State played each other for the second time this season on Friday, and pretty much played the exact same game. Morehead hung with the Cards for the entire first half, trailing by just two at the break, 35-33. The second half was all Louisville, and number one seeds moved to 100-0 all-time against 16-seeds, as the Cardinals dominated the Eagles 39-21 in the half for the final 74-54 margin. Samardo Samuels led Louisville (29-5) with ... Coming off a double overtime thriller that ended early Saturday morning, Siena is going to need to dig deep to find the stamina that will enable them to keep up with the Cardinals. Louisville’s relentess defensive pressure wears teams down as evidenced by their last three games in which they either trailed at the half (final two BIG EAST tournament games) or led by just two (Morehead State), but went on to win big as their opponents succombed to the pressure and folded in the second half.... COMPLETE MOREHEAD RECAP, SIENA PREVIEW UP AND READY!!! http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-ncaa-second-round-siena-louisville-breakdown-recap-morehead/
The Cardinals (28-5, 16-2 BIG EAST) opened their 2008-2009 season in the Billy Minardi Classic against the Morehead State Eagles. That regular season ended with a BIG EAST conference and tournament championship. They will be opening their 35th NCAA Tournament appearance, tied for fifth most all-time, against those same Eagles with the hopes to end this run with a National Championship. Preview the First Round matchup at: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-ncaa-first-round-morehead-louisville-breakdown/
As you can see, our Conference Tourney picks didn’t go too well…. Bobby E (5-6) Guy Smiley (5-6) Rolf (5-6) P. Tomarken (4-6) Foxy (4-7) Wink (3-8) Chucky Wool (2-9) Dirk (2-9) So head on over to Yahoo and join our bracket group. If you take us down and win the pool, you will receive a free Strait Pinkie t-shirt as well as four (4) tickets to the Louisville Bats Opening Day at Louisville Slugger Field on April 9th. So sign up, make your picks and see if you have what it takes to match wits with the Pinkie squad!!! AGAIN HERE IS THE LINK TO JOIN: http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/tl/group/98391
Syracuse has made another unbelievable run for their 14th appearace in the BIG EAST championship final, which is a conference record. Louisville is seeking its first ever BIG EAST championship (albeit in only their fourth year in the league). Tonight at 9:00pm EST on ESPN these two teams will duke it out on the court for the title of BIG EAST Champions. The Cardinals of course have already won the regular season outright, and look to take both trophies home to Louisville. .... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/the-pinkie-previews-syracuse-louisville-breakdown/
The 5th ranked Louisville Cardinals overcame an eight point halftime deficit to bounce the Villanova Wildcats from the Big East tournament 69-55. For some reason, the Cardinals decided to play one on one offense during the first half. All that did was produce a 34-26 lead for Villanova after the first twenty minutes of play. During his halftime interview with Doris Burke, Slick Rick specifically mentioned his veteran players when talking about his disappointment with his team’s play. However, from the get go in the second half, it was evident ... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/cards-bring-the-pain-in-2nd-half-defeat-nova-69-55-rolfs-recapsulation/
Villanova’s four seniors have already became the winningest class in school history, now they look to take out the top-seed Cardinals and advance to the the BIG EAST Championship, a feat that will no doubt boost their NCAA Tourney seed. Louisville on the other hand is hoping to get a win to push them one more victory from a sweep of the regular and postseason BIG EAST Championships. Some believe just appearing in the Tourney final will be enough for Louisville to earn a one seed, but ... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-big-east-semi-villanova-louisville-breakdown/
ROLF’S GOOD: The play by Earl Clark and Samardo Samuels is obvious, but I’ll go with Louisville’s passing. The Cardinals finished with 20 assists on 30 field goals and quite frankly should have had more. The Cardinals missed many wide open looks (Jerry Smith, I’m talkin’ to you my man) off of good passing, which leads to the next category. TOMARKEN’S GOOD: The Cards’ defensive pressure and ball spacing today were some of the best seen all season. UofL forced 26 Providence turnovers, while as Rolf mentions, the offensive side connected on 20 assists (out of a total of 30 baskets on the day). The game was orchestrated by Louisville’s tempo from the outset, and that style should carry them far in the tournament, unless… http://www.straitpinkie.com/uncategorized/clark-reaches-1000-point-plateau-cards-finish-friars-73-55-rolfs-recapsulation/
With the regular season trophy secured, the Cardinals set their sights on a BIG EAST Tournament Title and a number one seed. The first hurdle will be Keno Davis and his Providence Friars, who are, even with their win over DePaul just 2-9 in its last 11 BIG EAST Tournament games and are 16-27 all-time in the Tourney. Louisville won their eighth strait over the Friars just three weeks ago in Freedom Hall. Six Louisville players scored in double figures to lead a balanced offensive attack that included 24 assists on 35 made field goals. Rick Pitino is now 4-0 all-time against the squad he guided to the 1987 Final Four. Slick Rick is looking to return to the Final Four for the sixth time in his coaching career and second with the Cardinals. Terrence Williams needs just four points to tie Jim Price for 19th on the all-time scoring list at Louisville. Twill is now the only player in Louisville history with.... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-providence-at-louisville-breakdown/
According to Gainesville Sun columist Pat Dooley, who relays the story from Florida’s Ray Shipman, Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie told his leading scorer, Jodie Meeks, to stop shooting during the Wildcats’ loss to Florida on Saturday. Dooley quotes Shipman as saying, "Meeks and I were standing there after the timeout and he said his coach told him not to shoot anymore." Another strange story, but strange is becoming the norm in the Bluegrass as of late... For entire article please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cats/gillispie-tells-meeks-dont-shoot/
It may not have been pretty at times (see Irish, Notre Dame and Huskies, UConn), but the Louisville Cardinals captured their first ever Big East Conference regular season championship on Saturday night at a packed WVU Coliseum in Morgantown with a 62-59 victory over the Mountaineers. Terrence Williams solidified his spot as the conference’s most valuable player, seemingly carrying... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/c-is-for-cards-conference-championship-uofl-62-wvu-59-tomarkens-tabulation/
Louisville’s defense gave freshman point guard Truck Bryant fits the first time these teams met back in January. Preston Knowles and Andre McGee (whose 22nd birthday is on Saturday) are crucial to Louisville’s success. The defense is set up to do more than just harass the offense and pressure it.... For complete West Virginia game preview, please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-louisville-west-virginia-breakdown/
The Cardinals, now 24-5 (15-2) took care of business on Senior night, defeating Seton Hall, 95-78. Robert "Stix" Mitchell led the way for the overmatched Pirates with 24 points while Jeremy Hazell added 18 and Eugene Harvey dropped in 15. Two players, Earl Clark (27) and Terrence Jennings (14) got their career highs in points as Louisville... For complete recap including The Good, The Bad, and The Ari Wolfe please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/louisville-95-seton-hall-78/
This has been a tough season for the Hoosiers but throughout the year the team has played hard and the fans have cheered hard. One fan who is beginning to gain more and more publicity is that zany Hoosier Gorilla who sits in the front row of the student section each game. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Gorilla last week... To see the exclusive interview please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/the-pinkie-interviews-the-iu-gorilla/
Louisville (23-5, 14-2 BIG EAST) has now won five strait and that is in large part thanks to their senior class, who will be recognized Wednesday night. Let me quickly mention Earl Clark and then move on, but be sure to enjoy seeing Earl on the court for the last time as well.... http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-seton-hall-at-louisville-breakdown/
If the Louisville Cardinals are going to make a deep run in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the defense they played in today’s 62-58 victory over 8th ranked Marquette will be a key factor. Despite the relatively low point total, the Cardinals had four players scoring in double figures, led by senior Andre McGee’s 16 points off 4-7 three-point shooting. Terrence Williams flirted with yet another triple-double, with 14 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Earl Clark.... For Tomarken's entire recap please head over to : http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/big-d-propels-cards-62-58-tomarkens-tabulation/
March Madness is upon us!!! Louisville welcomes the Marquette Warriors or Golden or Screaming or Fighting or Whatever Adjective (it’s Golden) they are now Eagles into Freedom Hall in a battle that is crucial to both squads BIG EAST regular season title hopes. Marquette is now in a must win situation if they want to cling to any hope of winning the conference (it ain’t happenin’). However, the Golden Eagles still need a win to hang on to the coveted fourth spot in the standings, thus attaining a double bye in the BIG EAST Tourney (it ain’t likely). For entire breakdown of the Golden Eagles please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-marquette-at-louisville-breakdown/
We are inside three weeks away from Selection Sunday and the Big East title picture is still up in the air. The only thing we know for sure is the conference regular season champion will come from one of the top four teams. Louisville and Connecticut are now tied atop the league with 13-2 records, while Pittsburgh and Marquette are still sitting even in the loss column with 12-2 records. http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/the-pinkie-breaks-down-the-big-east/
This is the type of game where Cards fans everywhere take a deep breath and realize how awesome it is to be a part of the Big East Conference. UofL, with help from Earl Clark’s 22 points, took care of a desperate Georgetown team 76-58 on Monday night at the Verizon Center. The Cardinals hit their first nine shots of the contest, and connected on all six three-point attempts in a first half where they led by as many as 16 points, demoralizing the Hoya homers... For entire recap please visit: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards-tougher-than-hoyas-win-76-58-tomarkens-tabulation/
Louisville plays its second strait on the road in the last three days as the Cardinals travel to our Nation’s capital to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. The Cardinals (21-5, 12-2 Big East) will try to extend its winning streak to four strait before taking a week off to prepare for their only ranked opponent remaining on the schedule. 10th ranked Marquette will roll into Freedom Hall March 1st. The road has been good to Louisville so far this season (6-1) and in general since joining the BIG EAST. Its only road loss was the debacle at Notre Dame four games ago. Louisville has won more road games in BIG EAST play over the last three seasons than any other league team... For complete Georgetown Breakdown please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-louisville-at-georgetown-breakdown/
Louisville kept pace in the Big East race by putting away a tough Cincinnati team 72-63. The Cardinals and Bearcats are longstanding rivals, but in recent years the rivalry seemed to lose some of its luster as the two teams entered the Big East conference. However today’s game reminded everyone the intensity of this series. With their win today, Louisville improved its record to 52-39 all time against Cincinnati. There were three stories to today’s game and story one was the play of Terrence Williams. For the complete recap please go to www.straitpinkie.com http://www.straitpinkie.com/uncategorized/cards-win-again-beat-bearcats-72-63-rolfs-recapsulation/
The Cardinals appear to have snapped back into form following the debacle at Notre Dame three games ago. Crushing defeats of DePaul and Providence have helped the Cards keep pace with UConn, Pitt and Marquette atop the Big East standings. Louisville is 20-5 overall, 11-2 in BIG EAST play. Louisville has been one of the Big East’s most productive road teams, winning five of six conference road games, but it will be tested down the stretch heading toward the conference tournament with this game and Georgetown to follow two days later. The Bearcats have won their last four conference home games and seem to be ... For the entire breakdown of the Bearcats please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-louisville-at-cincinnati-breakdown/
Despite trailing by a point at halftime, it appeared the Louisville Cardinals were poised to put a run together and take control of the game. It happened around the 10:00 mark of the second half. Six Louisville players scored in double figures to lead a balanced offensive attack that included 24 assists on 35 made field goals. Providence appears to be similar to Notre Dame in that they do not play defense, at least well, and rely heavily on outside shooting to score. That is not exactly a good recipe for defeating the 7th ranked Cardinals. Edgar Sosa led Louisville in scoring with 18 points, but... For entire recap please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/cards-put-away-providence-94-76-rolfs-recapsulation/
With last night’s loss by Connecticut, the Big East race is now wide smokin’ open as my boy Coach Kragthorpe would say. There are now four teams (Connecticut, Pitt, Louisville, and Marquette) tied in the loss column with two each. These four teams are in good position to secure the highly important top four seeds in the Big East conference tournament which is only a few short weeks away. Here’s how things look .. For the Pinkie's entire preview of the stretch BIG EAST run, please head on over to http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/the-pinkie-breaks-down-the-big-east-race/
With Connecticut’s loss to Pittsburgh on Big Monday night, the Cardinals are back atop the BIG EAST, smack dab in the middle of a four team tie with Uconn, Pitt and Marquette. Louisville has the most favorable route to the BIG EAST regular season crown, as UConn and Pitt will meet once more to end the season, and Louisville gets Marquette (the only ranked team left on UofL’s schedule) March 1st at home. But that is much further than one should look, as coming up Wednesday night, Keno Davis and the Providence Friars will roll into the Hall of Freedom and look to strengthen their tournament resume with a big road win over the Cardinals. Providence at 16-9 overall and 8-5 in the BIG EAST is ... For entire breakdown please check out: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-providence-louisville-breakdown/
Louisville (18-5, 9-2) returns to the Hall of Freedom for the first time in two weeks to host the DePaul Blue Demons. The Cardinals look to bounce back after suffering their worst loss in eight years, a 33 point demolition at the hands of Notre Dame this past Thursday. The last time UofL lost by that much was Feb. 11, 2001 when they fell 106-72 to Charlotte. Louisville shot 39 percent in the loss and have now clanked up an abysmal 33.6 percent (96-of-286) in its five losses this season. Conversely UofL has hit 45.5 percent of its shots in its 18 victories. Also in that loss Notre Dame became the first team to shoot over 50 percent against the Cardinals this year (.538). And the 48-28 beating on the boards was the Cards’ worst rebounding deficit since Marquette held a 49-25 advantage on the boards on Jan. 15, 2000. It is hard to focus on the positives for UofL after Thursday night’s debacle, but when you perspect it was... For complete preview of the Blue Demons please go to: http://www.straitpinkie.com/sports/cards/preview-depaul-louisville-breakdown/
We'll email you a reset link.
If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.
You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.
We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.
You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.
We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.
Choose an available username to complete sign up.