What goes up, must come down.. they say. Happy New Year to all, welcome to 2017. Following a much needed win for the rivalry vs Kentucky.. the Cards took an extra couple days off as they continue to fall to ‘Cardinal kryptonite‘ the Virginia Cavaliers.. but hey, lets send 2016 off with  a bang in a border battle vs Indiana.

Now that I’ve seen flash of brilliance from star power for Louisville, who’s going to take them deep into 2017? (who will start each game?)

Consistency

2015 KY Derby Classic

Donovan Mitchell — star power

Mitchell is averaging 12.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds.  He’s flashy and he’s fashioned.

  • Donovan Mitchell is tied for the ACC lead and is 34th in the nation in steals (2.1 per game). His 29 steals in 14 games is four more than he had his entire freshman year.

Best game to-date: vs Indiana

33 min off the bench- 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover

2014 KY Derby Classic

Quentin Snider —  lead the pack

  • Quentin Snider ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game along with a team leading 51 assists.  Hes calm and conditioned.

Best game to-date: vs Kentucky

37 min- 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 turnover

Jalen Johnson — good

  • Jaylen Johnson leads the Cardinals on the boards with 7.5 rebounds per game. He’s big and hungry.

Best game to-date: vs Indiana AND Kentucky

IU- 28 Min- 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block

UK- 26 Min- 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block

2015 KY Derby Classic

Deng Adel — The go-to

  • Deng Adel rounds out the top scorers with 10.7 points per game. He’s clutch in transition.

Best game to-date: vs Indiana AND Kentucky

IU- 32 min- 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

UK- 37 min- 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

 

Here’s the clip following Donovan Mitchell’s unanimous win of MVP for the Derby Classic back in 2015 from slamonline.com

  • Donovan Mitchell, 6-3, SG, Brewster Academy (NH)

Undoubtedly the immediate crowd favorite, Donovan Mitchell showed out in front of his future fans at Freedom Hall.‎ After killing it in the dunk contest at the Night of Future Stars, ‎he continued in the Derby game itself. Leading all scorers with 21 points, you got to see what Mitchell was all about. He was a beast in transition, fearless attacking the rack, and locked down on either guard spot on D. While Donovan didn’t shoot it too well (1-6 from three), you could still see why he’s going to be loved in Louisville.

For shits and giggles.. heres Thomas Bryant’s…

  • Thomas Bryant, 6-10, PF/C, Huntington Prep (WV)

‎The MVP for the victorious purple squad lived up to his billing as one of the best big men in the country. Like he did early in his high school days, Bryant showed off his ability to stretch the D with his 3 three pointers. He showed off his new arsenal on the blocks too, along with toughness that you don’t usually see in all-star games. The IU faithful came out to see their most highly touted recruit and through his 19 points, he did not disappoint.

Throwback..

to our favorite Cards vs Irish moment…

Synopsis

2-1 in this 4 game stretch vs ranked opponents …

Notre Dame’s only losses this season are to #1Villanova and #15Purdue.  Notre Dame needed overtime to beat Pittsburgh by 1 point this past Saturday in their ACC opener.  Can Notre Dame keep up with high-paced Louisville or are the Irish already fatigued?

The last time we beat notre dame was 2-3 with the title team and that one loss was that 5OT game.  Notre Dame hasn’t lost to Louisville at home in 23 years. Interestingly enough, U of L hasn’t lost its conference road opener in each of the past 9 seasons.

 

No. 9 Louisville at No. 21 Notre Dame

Game time: 9:05 p.m., Wednesday. Site: Joyce Center, South Bend, Ind. Spread: Notre Dame by five points. Series: U of L leads, 20-14, but Notre Dame won the last meeting, 71-66, on Feb. 13. Television: WAVE-3 (Tim Brando and Dan Bonner). Internet live-stream: ESPN3.com, WatchESPN app (blacked out in Louisville area). Radio: WHAS-840; SiriusXM channel 84.

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