Louisville weekend news and notes: what to watch for
By Mike Gilpatrick
January 19th, 2018
January 19th, 2018
Plenty of action is in store this weekend, as both men’s and women’s basketball play on Sunday. Here’s what to watch for, and other news:
Women look to keep rolling against FSU
If the Tournament started today, Louisville would be the No. 3 overall seed. At least that’s what the NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee is saying. Their opponent on Sunday is a three seed, according to ESPN’s Charlie Creme. They’re also No. 2 in the ACC.
Their opponent is Florida State. It’s going to be another good game. Florida State has a potent offense, and good defense. Two Seminoles are scoring almost 20 a game. Four are in the double-digits. They average almost 45 boards a game.
Florida State is of the toughest opponents left. They’re the highest-ranked opponent until Connecticut. They’ll put the 20-0 record to the test. Louisville will have to play all four quarters of good basketball, like they did against Notre Dame. FSU will make a run, and may lead at times.
The fans are expecting a good game. It’s on national TV. The lower bowl is sold out. The University opened a few sections of the upper-deck.
For the fans that go to the men’s game before, there’s a special ticket deal. Fans can get a special discount rate for the women’s game, if they attend the men’s game before.
Men look to win against Boston College
The game before, the Louisville men’s basketball team looks to move to 15-4, against the 13-6 Boston College Golden Eagles. The Eagles are 3-3 in-conference, and 7th in the ACC. They’re currently on a two-game winning streak.
Four Eagles are in double-digits scoring. Jerome Robinson is putting up an insane 18.2 per game. The guard is hitting over .460 from deep. Deontae Hawkins has nearly a double-double a game. The Eagles are a better three-point shooting team.
One area the Cards should do well in is on the glass. Louisville averages one more board a game than Boston College.
A win will give Louisville a little more momentum heading into Miami, when the Cards will play the No. 25 Hurricanes on Wednesday
Peter Sirmon out at Louisville
This is the news most Louisville fans hoped for: Peter Sirmon has stepped down as UofL Defensive Coordinator.
Sirmon came to Louisville under questionable circumstances. He didn’t do well in his first season at Mississippi State as a coordinator, when he allowed nearly 32 points per game, and had one of the worst defenses in college football.
With Louisville, Sirmon had the mediocre 62nd-ranked defense. It was better than his time in Starkville, but wasn’t great. The Louisville defense allowed 35 or more points five times. They allowed 31 against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl, despite holding teams to 21 or less the last three games during the regular season.
A replacement has not yet been named.
Louisville Soccer Stars selected in MLS SuperDraft
While Soccer may have ended a few weeks ago, two Louisville Cardinals were selected in the MLS Superdraft. Tim Kubel was selected 28th overall by Toronto FC, while Thiaw was drafted 35th by the San Jose Earthquakes. Both were stars while on the pitch at Lynn Stadium.
Thiaw was Louisville's No. 2 scorer in 2017, with eight goals. The forward also had two assists, and 18 points. Kubel was second in points, with 22, and had more assists than goals, seven to six. Both had three game-winners.