--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Scott Satterfield and Co. may have the week off, but plenty happened for the Louisville Cardinals across sports: Louisville Live, Men’s Soccer’s huge win, and couple of transfers being ruled immediately eligible.
Here’s a short rundown of the past week:
Louisville Live, 2.0
There are 38 days until the Louisville Cardinals take on Miami in Florida to kick off the 2019-2020 Men’s Basketball regular season. To help hype fans up for the upcoming regular season for both the men and women’s basketball teams, the Cardinals took over Fourth Street Live for the second annual Louisville Live pep-rally.
Chris Mack appeared in a Louisville biker jacket, there were appearances by the Harlem Globetrotters, Vince Tyra competed with Luke Hancock in a shooting competition, and many Louisville basketball alumni made an appearance. The alumni included Angel McCoughtry, Donovan Mitchell, and Darrell Griffith.
There were three-point competitions and dunk competitions. Mitchell, Griffith, and rapper Jack Harlow judged the dunk contest.
The Jeff Walz Hype Train keeps rolling
Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz picked up two huge transfers for this season. Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon were granted waivers by the NCAA to become immediately eligible for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. As freshmen, both were named to the All-ACC Freshman team. Balogun was the ACC Freshman of the year.
Balogun started all 30 games for Tech last year, and averaged 14.6 points per game; and led the Yellow Jackets 13 times in scoring. She had six games with at least 20-points. The guard averaged 40 percent from the field, and nearly 34 from beyond the arc.
Dixon also started all 30 games, and was second on the team and led ACC freshmen with 6.4 rebounds per game. The 6-5 forward recorded 192 boards, 33 blocks, and 18 steals.
The Cardinals lost a few key players last year, including Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring, and Arica Carter. They should be in good shape, considering they will have Yacine Diop back from an injury, and a good recruiting class that includes two of the great young players in the conference.
Kino Ryosuke for the Win!
Earlier in the season, the Louisville Cardinals beat then-No. 2 Indiana in an exhibition game in Westfield, IN. On September 24th, on the ACC Network for the first time, they defeated No. 2 Georgetown in second overtime golden-goal fashion. 5:44 in the second overtime period, Ryosuke scored his first goal of 2019, and was assisted by Cody Cochran and Louka Masset.
The win marked their second consecutive against a ranked opponent, and the third of the season.
Later in the week, they were not able to beat the NC State Wolfpack. But the win against Georgetown is a great one for sure.
Plenty happened for Louisville sports across the weekend. The Cardinals football team returns next week for a game against Boston College at 12:30.