college basketball

Local News
4:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Calipari Trying to Keep Wildcats Hungry for Title Run

The Kentucky Wildcats are in Arlington, Texas to prepare for their showdown with Wisconsin in the men’s NCAA Final Four.         

Kentucky defeated Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan to reach the national semifinals, a path that coach John Calipari compared to a minefield.

"And now my whole mission is to make sure we’re not satisfied.   That this team is still striving," Calipari said Thursday at a joint press conference with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. 

The Badgers are making their first Final Four appearance since 2000.

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Local News
9:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Maryland Beats Louisville 76-73, Advances to Women's NCAA Final Four

Maryland has advanced to the Terrapins' first NCAA women's Final Four since winning the 2006 national championship, holding off Louisville 76-73 Tuesday night in the Cardinals' home arena.       

U of L's Shoni Schimmel scored 31 points in her final game as a Cardinal, missing a tying 3-pointer off the back rim just before the buzzer. Louisville (33-5) missed a chance for a second straight Final Four with the Cardinals' season ending shy of the national championship game they lost a year ago.

Local News
11:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success

Aaron Harrison
Credit University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are preparing for their matchup against Wisconsin Saturday night in the men’s NCAA Final Four.     

UK advanced to the national semifinals Saturday with a three-point victory over Michigan.   

Some had begun to give up hope of any UK tournament success as far back as early March, when the slumping Wildcats lost at 10-18 South Carolina.        

But guard Aaron Harrison predicted after that game that his team was going to be “a great story.”    He talked about it after Sunday’s NCAA victory.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Pitino Says Harrell to Assess Draft Projections Before Declaring for NBA

Montrezl Harrell
Credit University of Louisville

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says  Montrezl Harrell hasn’t decided yet if he will return for his junior season with the Cardinals.

Pitino has been holding meetings with his players since the Cards were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Friday, and is advising Harrell to wait for projections on where he might be picked in the NBA draft before making a decision on turning pro.       

Harrell was the Cards' leading rebounder this past season and was second in scoring average. 

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Local News
1:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Schimmel, Teammates "Enjoying the Game of Basketball," as U of L Aims for Final Four Berth

U of L Senior Guard Shoni Schimmel
Credit University of Louisville

In college basketball, the Louisville Cardinals will try to reach their second straight women’s NCAA Final Four Tuesday night when they take on Maryland at the KFC Yum Center.     

The Cards, led by senior guard Shoni Schimmel, are seeded third in the tournament and have soundly defeated their first three opponents.  

"I’m just letting the game come to me.   I’m having fun.  It’s been a blast these past couple of games.   We’re just enjoying the game of basketball.  I’m having fun just playing what I love to do," Schimmel said Sunday.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

NCAA: U of L Women Beat LSU, Advance to Elite Eight

Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points, Tia Gibbs added five 3-pointers and third-seeded Louisville rolled seventh-seeded LSU 73-47 on Sunday to reach the regional final of the NCAA tournament.

Facing an injury-riddled Tigers squad that dressed just eight players, the Cardinals (33-4) rung up another rout highlighted by a season-best 12 3-pointers with the two seniors leading the way. Schimmel was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and three other Cardinals contributed.

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Local News
1:06 am
Sat March 29, 2014

NCAA: Kentucky Beats Louisville 74-69; Will Face Michigan for Final Four Berth

Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the go-ahead points Friday night in a 74-69 victory in the men’s NCAA Midwest Regional over rival Louisville. Harrison, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, all finished with 15 points for the eighth-seeded Wildcats, who will play Michigan in Sunday's regional final.   

Fourth-seeded Louisville got 23 points from senior Russ Smith, who missed a late 3 with a chance to tie.

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Local News
3:17 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Latest 'Battle of the Bluegrass' to be Fought in Indianapolis

For the second time in three years, the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats will play each other in the men’s NCAA tournament Friday night. The teams will face off in the tournament’s Sweet Sixteen round in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Local News
4:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

South Florida Pulls Coaching Job Offer to Steve Masiello Over UK Degree Discrepancy

University of Louisville

A deal by the University of South Florida to hire Steve Masiello as its new basketball coach has fallen apart because the former Kentucky player and U of L assistant doesn't have a college degree.

South Florida officials confirmed Wednesday that they had an agreement in principle to lure Masiello away from Manhattan, but that the contract was contingent on "a verification of credentials."

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Local News
12:06 am
Wed March 26, 2014

NCAA Tournament: U of L Women Beat Iowa, Advance to Regionals on Home Court

In the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, Shoni Schimmel had 26 points, seven assists and five steals to help Louisville roll over host Iowa 83-53 Tuesday night to earn their fifth trip to the Sweet Sixteen under coach Jeff Walz.

Antonita Slaughter added 17 points on five 3-pointers for the third-seeded Cardinals (32-4), who advanced to the regional semifinal at their home court, the KFC Yum Center.

U of L made it to the title game of last year’s tournament, losing to champion Connecticut.

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