Nothing But Net usually deals with a fair amount of artifice. Not with malice, but to conjure a theater of the collective sports fan’s minds. Nothing of the sort is needed now, as we are less than 40 hours to the tip off of the Final Four meeting between the University of Louisville Cardinals and… Continue reading Nothing But Net: The Defining Moment in Kentucky Sports
Dream Game Deux tips off Saturday, March 31st at 6:09 p.m. The game only the die-hards believed could happen, will happen when the University of Louisville Cardinals square off against the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Few give U of L much chance, myself included, but I’m looking forward to seeing the nation’s college hoops leader… Continue reading Nothing But Net: Unthinkable Meets Unstoppable
State of shock and elation. This year’s team is close. It shows. They are maddening, and they have tremendous “heart,” as Peyton Siva stated recently. Russdiculous. Eric Crawford, the über talented Courier-Journal sports reporter said in today’s column: “Chane Behanan, in the second half against both Michigan State and Florida, was the best post player… Continue reading Nothing But Net: “No Rabbit Ears, Russ!”
Words fail me. The above photo by by Christian Petersen/Getty Images, is testament to the game’s defensive focus. Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng anchored a smothering Cards’ defense and Chane Behanan added 15 points, all in the second half, to allow Louisville to rip top-seeded Michigan State. The Spartans are the first one seed to fall. Stay… Continue reading Nothing But Net: Cards Among Elite 8
Our area’s three major Division One basketball programs are still dancing in the Sweet 16. Sweet, indeed. UK shows no signs of slowing down their sprint to the National Championship. It also appears that Super Frosh, Anthony Davis will be the runaway National Player of the Year. Louisville surprised, no make that stunned many, myself… Continue reading Nothing But Net: SWEET!!!
The University of Kentucky(32-2) is the overall No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament bracket announced Sunday evening. The No. 1 seeds in order are Kentucky (South), Syracuse (East), North Carolina (Midwest) and Michigan State (West). The South will play the West and the East will play the Midwest in the national semifinals. The… Continue reading Nothing But Net: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad March
Coach Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals, a team we discounted and even the hometown crowd had written off after a 33-point loss to Providence in January, topped Cincinnati 50-44 to win the Big East tournament title. Here’s how they did it. Mike Marra, torn ACL, out all year; Rakeem Buckles, torn ACL, out since… Continue reading Nothing But Net: Cards Big East Tournament Champs
Chane Behanan’s missed dunk in the second half of Wednesday’s debacle, is a pretty good icon for the night, and the last 5 games for the Cardinals. An inability to score. It’s also the fourth game in the last five that Louisville has failed to score more than 57 points; the Cardinals have lost three… Continue reading Nothing But Net: Is the Cards’ Season Over?
Last week was one of the best of the season in College Basketball. Unfortunately, Matt was sick, and we didn’t get to offer our in-depth take on all the wonderful trends and, of course, games. Now? We’re both sick. Louisville squandered a perfect opportunity for the taking to knock off the number two team in… Continue reading Nothing But Net: Cards’ Hearts Broken
Louisville basketball fans received a “week off” with the Cards idle until this Saturday’s tilt against Rutgers. Time to let the furor over this year’s team’s deficiencies and injuries die down a bit. Who’s emerged as U of L’s MVP and Most Improved Players? Who’s the biggest bust? Can this team emerge with a win… Continue reading Nothing But Net: Taking Stock, with c.d. kaplan