Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cup O' Jones : Rutgers Gameday

- A team that doesn't get nearly as much publicity on this site as they should, the #7 Louisville women's team, extended their BIG EAST record to 6-0 and overall record to an amazing 19-1. Ms. Angel McCoughtry, the greatest womens player in school history, had a T-Will kind of game in last night's 66-50 win against Cincinnati. 23 points, 9 boards, and 8 steals for Angel, who is bound to be a first team All-American. Jeff Walz has done wonders with this program and has some top notch recruits coming in to keep the ball rolling. The Cards go to Storrs to battle #1 UCONN on Monday. The Huskies just beat the #2 team in the country, UNC, by 30.

- Coach Pitino updated his official website ( yesterday and had a few golden nuggets of information for us. For starters, this will be Steve Masiello's last year on the staff as he is ready to take on a head coaching job like Willard, Theus, Cronin, ect. before him. Pitino also said T-Will is "playing like an All-American" and "recruiting continues to go extremely well. Every recruit that visits Freedom Hall wants to be part of this special happening. Our fans make the difference, thank you." He breaks down every player (except Mr. Goode for some reason) here.

- Pitino had a press confence yesterday with Earl Clark. The audio can be found on the official UofL site (

- Rutgers big man Hamady N'Diaye is one of the premier shot blockers in the country. This could become an issue with Samardo Samuels having a propensity to get his shot blocked inside. Over the past couple games, Samuels has been stronger with his attempts, but if you look down the line, the Cards haven't faced a decent shot blocker over that time-frame. It will be interesting to see if Mardo has truly turned the corner or if he just feasts on people his size or smaller. This will be a good test for our prized freshman.

- This might be the definition of a "trap game" for the men's team tonight in New Jersey. Sandwiched in between games against top 10 teams, the Scarlet Knights could catch the Cards looking ahead. I remember a few years back going into Rutgers and coming away with a loss to a Quincy Douby led squad. With the attitude the Louisville team has seemed to develop, I don't really see that happening, but I wouldn't put it past them. I predict Cards by 15 with a few rough spots along the way.

- L Yes! Report favorite Eric Wood is doing a diary for the Cincinnati Bengals official website chronicling his week at the Senior Bowl. I know for a fact, Wood would love to be a Bengal and he says so much in his first entry. Like I've said before, Wood will be a Pro Bowler one day and should have his #77 honored at some point by UofL. I personally hope he lands with my Chicago Bears. that way he could learn behind the best, Olin Kruetz, for a couple years before replacing him.

The Starting 5

1. Jason Logan, - What's in the Cards (outlook on basketball squad from Vegas perspective)
2. Scott Howard-Cooper, Blog - Francisco Garcia to PG?? (Why do the Kings have to keep the man down? Give it to Cisco and let him create!)
3. Barker Davis, Washington Times/ - New 3-point line is far from cosmetic change (wow, it really has effected percentages)
4. Pat Forde, - Forde Minutes (calls Cards premier defensive team in the country and cites KenPom's defensive efficiency statistic)
5. Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune - Another Football team in town? (Chicago's mayor seem to think Chicago needs another pro football team. Like Wilbon said on PTI- there's only one team in Chicago - Da Bears)

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