Tag:Louisville Cardinals
Posted on: March 28, 2009 6:40 am
Edited on: March 28, 2009 6:48 am

Celticpatsox12's Elite 8 Picks

We have some good Elite 8 match ups. My bracket isn't perfect as I had Duke in the Elite 8 along with Memphis, but it's not looking too bad, picking 6 of the 8 teams right. My final four, National Championship, and National Championship Winner are all still possible, so my bracket isn't looking too bad.



4:40 PM ET

West Regional Final

#1 Connecticut Huskies               #3 Missouri Tigers

This is going to be a pretty entertaining game in the west regional fianl. As I said I have Connecticut and Memphis playing here, but Missouri should give UConn a tough game. I had UConn winning and moving onto the Final Four and the fact there playing Missouri doesn't change my mind. UConn will be too much for Missouri. UConn 78 - Missouri 68


7:05 PM ET

East Regional Final

#1 Pittsburgh Panthers                #3 Villanova Wildcats

This is the other one of my two losses going into the Elite 8, as I had Pittsburgh playing Duke for a chance to go to the Final Four. I think Villanova gives Pittsburgh a much better game. Both teams come from the Big East and know eachother well. I think this could end up the best Elite 8 game as two Big East power houses battle it out for a spot in the Final Four. This should be a close hard fought game that is won in the final minutes. It could go either way in my mind. Pittsburgh 72 - Villanova 68



Midwest Regional Final

2:20 ET

#1 Louisville Cardinals                #2 Michigan State Spartans

This is one of the two Elite 8 games I picked right. I have both these teams playing eachother for a spot in the Final Four in my bracket. I'm a Louisville fan myself, so guess who I have winning this? I have Louisville winning and moving on. Although I wouldn't sleep on Michigan State, as they could easily beat Louisville. Should be a good #1 vs #2 match up. Louisville 81 - Michigan State 73


5:05 ET

South Regional Final

#1 North Carolina Tar Heels              #2 Oklahoma Sooners

I think this is going to be the best Elite 8 game. I mean Hanbrough vs Griffen? That's a great match up. Two great scorers, who will go at eachother all night. It's real hard to pick who's going to win this. On paper, I'd say North Carolina and I think there going to come away with the win. Both teams coming off big wins, but UNC is in my mind the best team in the country when healthy and playing there best basketball. It'll be interesting to see how Oklahoma stops UNC's offense and if Hansbrough can slow down Griffin whos been tearing up the tournament so far. In the end, I think UNC gets the win. North Carolina 86 - Oklahoma 77



So just for review. I have the four #1 seeds all moving on in the Elite 8 and making it to the Finals Four. I have Louisville, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and North Carolina as my Final Four teams. I think this makes the Final Four and the National Championship game all the better as there's going to be great games between great teams.




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Posted on: December 20, 2008 8:12 pm
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Louisville vs Minnesota Review

Well as a Louisville fan I'm not sure what happened in this one. I figured Louisville would be able to win out until Big East play started but now with there second loss it's making me wonder if this team is over rated. I'm gonna say there not. Minnesota was 9-0 coming into this one and playing at home, so Louisville losing by 6 really that bad of a loss? I don't think so. I think we expected this to be an win, maybe even Louisville did because they were out played. Minnesota is now 10-0 on the season and with this win over #9 Louisville I'd be surprised if they weren't ranked in the top 25 in next weeks poll. Louisville will probably fall to about 15-20 with there 7-2 record, but this loss probably wont come back to hunt them come to NCCA Tournament time. Let's break down the game.

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville was out played today, plain and simple. They only shot 38% from the floor, which could get them a win, but when you give up 70 points, you often wont win anyways. Louisville went into the locker room at halftime down 38-33 but weren't able to catch the Golden Gophers in the second half as they extended the lead to double digits in the second half. I think Louisville having to play Ole Miss in Cincinnati and then having to play Minnesota in Minneapolis less then 48 hours later had something to do with the outcome of the game. Coach Rick Pitino called it "the trip from hell", so I'm sure that had an impact on this game.

Player of the Game

Earl Clark
16 Points
11 Rebounds
2 Assists
4-12 FG
8-12 FT

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota played very well today, beating #9 Louisville at home. As a Louisville, I'm not very happy with the outcome of the game, but the Golden Gophers played very well and in my mind have earned a top 25 spot in next weeks poll. They outscored Louisville in both half's and outplayed Louisville on both ends of the floor. Minnesota shot a little better from the floor at 40% and also shot better at the line at 73%. I think Minnesota is in for a good season and a possible NCCA Tournament bid. It'll come down to how well they play in Big 10 play but as of right now they are leading the Big 10 record wise at 10-0. Ohio State at 8-0 is the only other undefeated team.

Player of the Game

AL Nolen
18 Points
5 Rebounds
5 Assists
2-6 FG
13-17 FT

Score and Stats

Minnesota 70
Louisville 64

Leading Scorers
Minnesota: AL Nolen 18
Louisville: Terrence Williams 17

Leading Rebounders
Minnesota: Damiam Johnson and Travis Busch 6
Louisville:  Earl Clark 11

Leading Assists
Minnesota: AL Nolen 5
Louisville: Terrence Williams 5
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