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What’s the buzz about The Table?

 

So what’s all the buzz about The TableThe Table is located at 1800 Portland Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. It has a unique business model in that you pay what you can. Some people will pay more for their food so that somebody who is less fortunate can receive a discounted meal. Others will actually volunteer to work for a decent meal. You can pay as little or as much as you want. And the food is fantastic!

Watch the video below to understand more.

Story by Beau Kilpatrick, Cody Moore, and Elaine Hurd; from the University of Louisville Department of Communication.

Posted in ACC, Baseball, College Sports, CWS, ESPN, Louisville Cardinals, University of Louisville

Louisville’s long journey to the College World Series

By Beau Kilpatrick—

The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals finished the regular season on a downward spiral. They lost their final series of the regular season at home to Florida State. It was the first series loss by the Cards in over 14 prior series.

The Cardinals dropped from No. 2 in the country to No. 4 after the regular season. Coach Dan McDonnell, the fans, and the players were left wondering how they would handle the recent tailspin.

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Coach Dan McDonnell

The ACC tournament began with Louisville and North Carolina being the favorites. Louisville battled Notre Dame in their first game at Louisville Slugger Field. The Cardinals were dominant. They pounded the Irish 10-3 and looked to be back to true form. However, Florida State was ready for the rematch with the Cards in game two. Once again, Florida State provided the kryptonite to the high-powered Cardinals, beating U of L 6-2.

After another heartbreaking loss to FSU in their home city, the Cardinals’ rank fell once more. Louisville fell from No.4 to the No. 7 team in the country. However, being No. 7 is good enough to host a regional bracket in the NCAA tournament. The Cards have not lost a game since the NCAA postseason has begun.

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Kade McClure dominates the regionals on the mound

No. 7 Louisville has averaged 8.2 runs per game during the postseason. The Cards beat Radford 11-6 to open the regional round at Jim Patterson Stadium. They went on to demolish Oklahoma 11-1. Finally, they finished out the regional by squeezing out the win against Xavier 8-7.

After Louisville swept the visitors on their home field, they awaited the winner of NC State and the University of Kentucky. Kentucky prevailed over the Wolfpack and the stage was set for the Super Regional round.

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Senior Logan Taylor provides clutch performance against UK in Super Regional

The Cardinals remained a national seed and welcomed their in-state rival to Louisville’s campus. The two faced each other during the regular season, splitting the wins with one a piece. Louisville beat U of K in April 5-3 when the Cats were ranked No. 8. Kentucky returned the favor two weeks later after falling to No. 10 in the country. They beat the Cardinals 11-7 in Lexington.

The 2017 Super Regional between the Cards and Cats was slated as the “Dream Series.” However, it was more of a nightmare for the boys in blue. Louisville swept the Wildcats in two games, negating the need for a game three. The Cardinals won the first game 5-2 and the second 6-2.

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Drew Ellis hit three HRs in Super Regional against rival Kentucky

Infielder, Drew Ellis, was the rope that hung the fate of the Wildcats just out of reach. Ellis hit three homeruns in two days, earning five RBIs off of his homers. He is atop the ACC leaderboard with 20 HRs so far this season. Drew recently had his name called in the second round of the MLB draft, going 44th overall, he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Outfielders Josh Stowers and Logan Taylor have been clutch during the tournament as well. Taylor collected six RBIs on seven hits and Stowers recorded eight RBIs on seven hits.

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Josh Stowers celebrates HR against Xavier

The big story right now is how college baseball history is being re-written by Louisville’s Brendan McKay. McKay is one of the few players that pitches, plays first base, and bats. But unlike the others, McKay is phenomenal at all three. He is the only college player to ever win the John Olrud Award three times. This award goes to two-way players. He is also the ACC Player of the Year and Baseball America has awarded him the 2017 National Player of the Year.

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McKay sets new Louisville record with 385 career strikeouts

McKay is Louisville’s ace on the mound. He has struck out more batters than any other Cardinal in Louisville history with 385 Ks. Brendan adds a 2.15 ERA which makes him one of the best pitchers in the country. However, that’s only one part of his game. McKay has a .328 career batting average with 27 homeruns and 131 RBIs.

McKay set a new Louisville record by being the highest draft pick in Cardinal history. He declined the offer by the Minnesota Twins to go first overall in the MLB draft and accepted the offer made by the Tampa Bay Rays to go fourth overall in the draft. The Rays are offering him the opportunity to remain a two-way player when other organizations were trying to make him conform into a single position.

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The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals are on their way to Omaha, Nebraska for their fourth appearance in the College World Series. In a bracketed “elite eight” system where the loser of a game is forced into an elimination game, the Cardinals will begin their run against Texas A&M this Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

The rest of the teams in the CWS are: No. 4 LSU, Cal. State Fullerton, No. 1 Oregon State, No. 3 Florida, No. 6 TCU—and Louisville’s nemesis—the Florida State Seminoles. The Cardinals will face either TCU or Florida in game two of the College World Series.

McKay_omaha boundAs always, GO CARDS!! L1C4!

Posted in ACC, Baseball, CWS, Louisville Cardinals, University of Louisville

No. 2 Louisville Baseball approaches the post-season

–By Beau Kilpatrick

The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals baseball team finished the 2017 regular season this past weekend against Florida State. Florida State snapped Louisville’s 14-series win streak in conference play, but it wasn’t enough to knock the Cards out of first position in the ACC.

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Louisville clinched the ACC Atlantic division last week against Clemson. They were tied with the leader of the ACC Coastal division, North Carolina, for the overall No. 1 seed. Coach McDonnell’s squad prevailed. With a little help from the rain gods, cancelling the final game, they remained on top of the ACC with a conference record of 23-6.

The Cardinals finished the regular season on a downward slope, losing their final three games of the season, with an overall record of 46-9. D1Baseball.com ranks the Cardinals No. 2 in the nation behind Oregon State and ahead of ACC foe, the No. 3 UNC Tarheels. In-State rival Kentucky is sixth in the nation and may square off against the Cards for another battle in the post-season.

The top 25: https://d1baseball.com/category/rankings/

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Coach Dan McDonnell focusing his team

This team needs regroup and get back to the Cardinal baseball that we all know. Coach McDonnell saw his squad lose uncharacteristically in the final week of the regular season. The Cardinals are littered with All-Americans, yet they produced eight errors in the final three games, which led to their defeat.

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Louisville Slugger Field hosts the ACC tournament

The ACC tournament begins Tuesday, May 23, at Louisville Slugger Field. The Cardinals will have a huge “home field” advantage playing in downtown Louisville. However, if they don’t clean up the mistakes that have plagued them at the end of the season, their glory at Slugger Field may be short lived. The ACC is packed with talent. Five of the 12 teams in the ACC tournament are ranked in the top-25, which should make for some exciting ball games.

The full schedule here.

After the ACC tournament finishes, the road to the College World Series will begin. The first round will be held across the nation June 2-5. The NCAA Super Regional round will be June 9-12. Finally, the College World Series will make its annual visit to Omaha June 17-28.

Louisville is guaranteed to play two games in the ACC tournament and two in the path to the CWS, anything else will have to be earned. Coach McDonnell has won his conference 8-10 years that he has been at U of L. He has also taken his club to the College World Series three times and is looking for his fourth in ten seasons.

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Coach Dan McDonnell

The full baseball history of the Louisville Cardinals.

The Cardinals definitely have the pedigree of players and coaches it takes to win a national championship and hopefully this is the year that McDonnell and his team can bring home the title. Brendan McKay is predicted to go as the first or second pick in the MLB draft, leading the ACC in strikeouts and crushing opponents when batting. Drew Ellis is leading the team with a .387 batting average and 16 homeruns. Logan Taylor has stolen 20 bases with Josh Stowers following with 19. These are just to name a few. The rest of the players are All-Americans in their own right.

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Drew Ellis 

With any luck, the No. 2 Cardinals will prevail this upcoming week at Louisville Slugger field in the ACC tournament and refocus for their run towards the College World Series to fight for the national title.

Posted in ACC, Basketball, College Sports, Louisville Cardinals, NCAA Tournament, University of Louisville

March Madness is over for the Cardinals

By Beau Kilpatrick—

The Louisville Cardinals were a hot team coming into today’s game, but so was Michigan. The Cardinals owned the first half against the Wolverines and held an eight-point lead at the half. But it was Michigan that fought back in the second half to win 73-69.

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The Cards were firing on all cylinders in the first half and it looked like coach Pitino’s squad could run away with the lead. Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang were dominant. Adel brought the fans to their feet when he threw down an earth-shattering dunk with a little more than five minutes remaining in the half.

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Deng Adel dunks over Wilson

Deng Adel was a key player in Louisville’s first half lead. He finished the game with 16 points, one block and a steal. Donovan Mitchell led all Louisville scorers with 19 points. He also led the Cards with five assists and added a block and a steal to his stats.

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Donovan Mitchel fighting for the ball with Ray Spalding blocking out

Mangok Mathiang played his last game in a Cardinal uniform. Mathiang was causing matchup problems for Michigan early on. It seemed that he was scoring at will and drawing fouls every time he went to the rim. He finished his career with 13 points and making 6-7 from the field.

The full box score Stats.

Tony Hicks finished out his career today as well. He only scored seven points but added two critical steals for the Cards. Hicks saw an increase in his usual amount of playing time due to the surprising lack of production from Quentin Snider. Snider did not score a single point in the second-round matchup. Snider is usually a clutch player that produces in the most challenging situations. However, Snider was ice cold, shooting 0-9 from the field today.

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Moritz “Mo” Wagner scored 26 points against Louisville

Michigan fought their way back into the game today by being patient and physical. Louisville challenged their three-point ability and forced the Wolverines to beat them in the paint. It was a good game plan by coach Pitino and fared well for most of the game. Persistence by Michigan and inconsistency by Louisville was the determining factor in today’s game.

Compare the Team Stats.

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Coach Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino said, “All year long we’ve played with A-plus effort. Where we have struggled is the mental facets of the game.” Pitino continued, “We beat ourselves mentally. I can say every loss this year; it’s been the mental parts, the fundamentals of the game, not the physical. Because they’re a great group of guys that give great effort.”

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Anas Mahmoud defends against Derrick Walton Jr.

Louisville’s season is over and Mangok Mathiang, Tony Hicks, and David Levitch have finished their college careers at the University of Louisville. Much of the inexperience that coach Pitino has alluded to throughout the year will now be remedied. Mathiang is the only starter that will not be returning next season, but Donovan Mitchell, Ray Spalding, Jaylen Johnson, V.J. King, Anas Mahmoud, and others now have post-season tournament experience that will help mature their basketball potential.

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Ray Spalding

“We’re going to have a whole team back and we have the potential to be a great team. But we have to get out of the mindset of scoring and if they don’t score, they have to play defense. Once we get out of that I think we have a great chance to come back and be an outstanding team.” Pitino said.

Although Louisville’s basketball season is over, there is plenty to cheer for as a Cardinals fan. The U of L baseball team is No. 1 in the country and they deserve the attention of every fan. Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson will be leading the football team into the annual spring game that will have to suffice until the fall. Louisville remains the greatest school in college sports and there is a lot to cheer for.

As always, GO CARDS!!! #L1C4

Posted in ACC, Basketball, ESPN, Louisville Cardinals, NCAA Tournament, University of Louisville

Louisville takes lead and runs into second round

By Beau Kilpatrick—

Louisville did not compete in the NCAA tournament last year due to a post-season ban. With a team that has little tournament experience, they made their presence known in Indianapolis today, defeating Jacksonville State 78-63.

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Coach Rick Pitino

The Cardinals had a slow start in the first round of the big dance, falling behind in the first five minutes of the game 10-2. U of L didn’t gain their first lead until 6:40 remaining in the first half. Once they gained the edge, they never looked back.

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From left to right: Mangok Mathiang, Quentin Snider, Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell

The 15-point victory came collectively in front of many Louisville fans that travelled to Indy for the tournament. However, many of the spectators were cheering against the Cards as they were representing other teams like Michigan and Kentucky, who are also playing in Bankers Life Fieldhouse this weekend.

Four Cardinals scored in double digits and Donovan Mitchell nearly recorded a double-double. Mitchell’s numbers do not give justice to the phenomenal contribution that he gave to his team. He finished with nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a block and three steals. Mitchell was the facilitator of victory for U of L.

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Click here for more of today’s Stats.

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Mangok Mathiang

Mangok Mathiang showed his dominance in the paint by leading all Louisville offense with 18 points. He added two blocks and a steal on defense. Ray Spalding assisted the Cardinal frontcourt by scoring 11 points and committing a steal. Spalding shot 100 percent today, making 4-4 from the field and 3-3 on freethrows. Louisville will need this type of consistency if they want to make it to Phoenix for the championship.

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Ray Spalding

Deng Adel was clutch when it came to digging the Cards out of their early hole against the Gamecocks. He scored 16 points, making 6-7 from the field, including a pair of three pointers in the first half. He made both threes within 40 seconds of each other; the first one took the lead and the second sealed the lead that would remain with the Cards.

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Quentin Snider

U of L’s veteran point guard Quentin Snider is one of the few players that have tournament experience and he commanded his teammates up and down the court, setting up plays, stealing balls, applying relentless pressure, and finding his comrades for open shots. Snider scored 16 points, had five assists and a steal, and applied magnetic defense that suffocated the opposition. Snider’s leadership was impressive. He is clearly the veteran that will lead coach Pitino’s team to victory.

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Rick Pitino practicing with the team

The last time that Louisville won a national championship was in 2013 when they took down the Michigan Wolverines 82-76. These two teams will meet again Sunday when Louisville challenges Michigan in the second round of the 2017 tournament.

 

Watch the 2013 Championship game here.

Michigan is coming off of an impressive offensive showdown against Oklahoma State 92-91. Michigan made 16 three-pointers against the Cowboys and shot over 51 percent. That is an incredible percentage.

Check out the Michigan vs. Oklahoma State recap.

Louisville is one of the best defensive teams in the nation and they will need every ounce of tenacity to shut down a red hot Michigan team.

As always, Go CARDS!!! L1C4!!!