MONDAY, March 20, 2017
(6:30 tip off)
ALL of #cardnation report to the Yum! Center for another 2013 NCAA rematch Monday night. The men aren’t dancing but I’d be willing to bet they’ll be in the stands cheering on their fellow student athletes in the Big Dance. Get downtown. Take the fam and cheer on the Cards for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16 in OKC next weekend.
Louisville has played in its home venue for the first and seconds rounds of the 2013 and 2016 Tournaments and in the 2014 Regional.
Since beginning play in the KFC Yum! Center in 2010-2011, the Cards have played in front of three arena-capacity crowds (22,000) & averaging more than 9,000 per game. The record was first set in the team’s opening game at the Yum! Center, hosting Tennessee back on 11/12/10; 22,124. Others were 12/5/10 vs Kentucky (22,152) and 3/3/14 regular season finale vs UConn (22,163).
2016-2017 average attendance: 8,554 (5th in D1).
3 players will be on the floor at the same time who rank in ESPNW’s Top 25 players in the nation, down at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday evening.
Donald Page/ Tennessee athletics
8. Diamond DeShields, Tennessee, G, 6-1 junior
2015-16: 14.3 PPG, 5.2 APG, 39.1 FG%
The talent is immense as DeShields demonstrated during her freshman year at North Carolina in 2014 when she averaged 18 PPG and lifted the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight. It wasn’t as evident during a rocky first season in Knoxville. DeShields shot just 29.4 percent from 3-point range, had 33 more turnovers than assists, and even came off the bench 16 times. Ultimately, DeShields ended up being the leading scorer on another Elite Eight team. Few players can create their own shot in as many ways as DeShields can. — Charlie Creme
11. Myisha Hines-Allen, Louisville, F, 6-2, junior
2015-16: 17.6 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 54.7 FG%
See all that space around the lane? Hines-Allen owns it. From a good freshman campaign to a sophomore effort that earned her ACC player of the year, Hines-Allen demonstrated a mastery of the paint. She can post up with her back to the basket when needed or face up and shoot from the elbow when challenged. But what sets her apart is the ease with which she reads space and cuts or drives to the basket. Half court or transition, she gets to where she’s going. — Graham Hays
Voted Preseason ACC Player of the year, she had 15 double doubles this season.
Photo by William Caudill
22. Mariya Moore, Louisville, F, 6-0, junior
2015-16: 14.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 44.9 FG%
Most players would love a sophomore campaign as productive as Moore’s a season ago, but she happened to compile it in the shadow of teammate Myisha Hines-Allen’s breakthrough effort that earned her ACC Player of the Year. Moore is still very much a headliner on the banks of the Ohio River. While listed as a forward, Louisville’s leader in assists and 3-pointers last season is more than anything a playmaker comfortable with the ball in her hands. — Graham Hays
Get tickets HERE, >>> http://gocards.com/sports/2017/3/13/2017-ncaa-tournament-tickets.aspx
Or at the box office!
As always, Go Cards