2019-20 Louisville basketball season in review

By Terry McMillan

The University of Louisville has both men’s and women’s basketball teams of which fans can be extremely proud. With the regular season all but done for the men, now is a great time to take a look back at how it has gone for them. By looking at how they have done in the regular season, fans can see if the men’s team may make it all the way to lifting the 2020 National Championship trophy. Also, thanks to Fox Bet PA and other sportsbooks, you can place a bet and make some cash from any success the team has.

Just how has it all panned out for the Cardinals this time around?

 Coming into the current season, some people had a feeling that the Cardinals were going to do well. This has certainly turned out to be true during the regular season. They sit on top of the ACC conference with a 24-6 record and only one more game to play against rivals Virginia.

If they can win this and remain top dog, it will be a very pleasing end to an awesome year for the side. Results that will stand out include the 91-62 mauling of Indiana State and the stunning 79-73 triumph away at Duke. All this sees them looking back on a regular season in which they have performed to a high standard overall.

What has gone right in particular, and what has been behind this stellar campaign?

Form of Malik Williams and Steven Enoch

 There is no doubt that UofL has done well. Players such as David Johnson and Jordan Nwora obviously have something about them when on court. The two real standouts though have been Malik Williams and Steven Enoch. It is the form of these two that has really helped the team enjoy success in their current campaign.

Williams is not only a seriously good player but also the team’s leader. He is the player who sets the tone and who others look to when games get tough. They have noticeably struggled when he is not there. Coach Chris Mack will therefore hope that Williams’ recent ankle injury clears up in time for the upcoming March Madness. Enoch has also been in great form this year and is another whose presence is missed when not available. Another player who has size on his side, his offensive play at center has been vital to the Cardinals’ regular-season victories.

Almost perfect home record

 To say that the side has been dominant at home this season is an understatement. They currently sit with a 17-1 record – only the defeat against Florida State has blemished their stats at the KFC! Yum Center. With only one game left to play, even another loss would still leave them with a very decent home record to reflect on. This has really helped them build a solid base to do well from in 2019/20 and has helped the players gain enough confidence to perform at their best.

 Nothing breeds success in sports like a settled team. It is not hard to see, then, where the Cardinals have taken advantage of this in 2019/20. Although certain players, including Nwora and Enoch, were expected to leave, the turnover from the previous year was actually quite low. In fact, Christen Cunningham was the only major name to leave in the offseason before this campaign began. This has helped greatly as it kept a real continuity within the locker room and also gave new players such as Lamarr Kimble a solid structure to fit into.

The regular 2019/20 season went well due to Mack being in charge again. Mack is obviously a talent himself and has everything you would want in a top basketball coach. His presence alone is enough to help his team perform, as are his tactics. Indeed, he even got Louisville ranked at number one in the country for a few weeks back in December 2019.

 Although what happens in March Madness may well set the tone for how we remember the Cardinals’ season overall, it is fair to say that their regular season has gone very well. Rising to the number one ranking in the whole country is no mean feat, and topping the ACC is also an indicator of how well things have gone.

 

How football rose to power on college campuses

By Terry McMillan

The National Football League (NFL) may be the top tier for American football in the United States, but its historical importance is much less significant. The sport we know today had its beginnings in the 19th century, when it diverged from the English sports of association football (soccer) and rugby football (rugby).

Many of the rules that led to American football were championed by Yale University graduate and football coach, Walter Camp. He had been a rugby player before he began to make tweaks to the game. Camp originated the line of scrimmage and the downs system that distinguish American football from other forms of the sport.

An economic powerhouse

College level sports outside of the United States are typically not given as much money or attention, with sports facilities being typically designed to act as community sports centres as well. The sheer size of college football in America can be seen from the fact that major sportsbook companies like FoxBet take dozens of different bets on NCAAF games, including moneyline and points spread wagers and in-game propositional bets.

The first game between two college teams took place on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton, with Rutgers prevailing 6-4. This was 23 years before the first professional football game, which took place between the Allegheny Athletic Association and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club on November 12, 1892.

The rules for the first college game were very different from the college football we know today. Firstly, carrying or throwing the ball was not allowed; the main objective was to kick the ball into the opponent’s goal (similar to soccer today).

Harvard Holds Out

Photo by Cindy Rice Shelton

In the 1870s US colleges tried to come together to agree a standard set of rules so that they could more easily schedule games against each other. Prior to this, each college played slightly different variations of the rules. Whilst most colleges had been pushing to play a form of football that was similar to soccer, Harvard resisted, instead wanting to play a rougher game where the player could carry the ball under certain circumstances instead. After playing a game of rugby against McGill, Harvard quickly took to these rules and over time this began to morph into the modern American football rules.

In almost all other sports, minor leagues are where the younger and less experienced players get to develop their skills before being signed by a team in the major league. This is common across most countries, as well as most sports.

College football is an exception, acting as the training and proving ground for new talent. This created the need for the NFL Draft, since players cannot be signed up to development programmes earlier in their careers.

At a time when soccer and rugby were growing in popularity, American colleges could have just as easily opted to play one of those sports. Instead, due to some prominent individuals like Walter Camp and some stubborn players at Harvard, we instead have the uniquely developed rules of American football. Colleges have done well to maintain their prominence in the sport, despite the phenomenal growth of the NFL.

No lack of competition at Louisville quarterback

Two former University of Louisville quarterbacks – Lamar Jackson and Teddy Bridgewater – were featured in back to back games in NFL action on Sunday. Both looking impressive, with Teddy winning and Lamar losing.

Timely reminders about some really good quarterbacks at UofL down through the years, especially when it comes to the passing game. That’s an aspect of the game in which the Cardinals are seriously challenged this season.

Jawon Pass, who has missed the past two games, was struggling before his injury. He had completed only 24 of 46 passing attempts for 52.1% passing efficiency. His successor, Malik Cunningham, is a little more accurate, connecting on 25 of 41 attempts for 60.9%.

Fortunately, there’s open date on the schedule this week, giving Pass some additional time to recover before that Boston College game on Oct. 5. Meanwhile, Cunningham had to be carted off the field on the final play against Florida State. Plenty of questions about who will be calling signals in the next game.

Fortunately for UofL, which is heavily dependent on the running game, both are blessed with exceptional speed. They are among the leading rushers on the team, with Pass and Cunningham averaging 5.2 and 3.2 yards, respectively.

If UofL is overly dependent on the running game, however, Cunningham is probably the better choice. A quarterback with exceptional speed, combined with elusiveness, a more difficult runner to contain. He moves at a speed similar to that of athletes who have been boosted with gear from Valkyrie online. He’s only going to keep getting better.

Many observers were surprised with Pass’s confidence in the opener against Notre Dame, keeping UofL in the game until well into the third quarter. In the game against EKU, he completed 12 of 19 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns. His injury came at an unfortunately time in his development.

The only thing certain is that will be lots of second guessing about the quarterback situation over the next couple of weeks.

From Sports to Slots: The Cure of Heartbreak for UofL Students

By Terry McMillan

Heartbreak is perhaps a huge understatement following the course of play which happened after the ninth inning. Alas, the season comes crashing to an end where reflection can only be used as a positive to build for the next season, till then what is left for the students of the U of L?

Back to the Drawing Board for Team and Students

 As the summer now moves into that unnerving quiet period. You might be at a loss (no pun intended) how to kill the time which most of it will have been spent supporting the team on the field.

So as reality creeps in, we can advise of one approach that will cure your boredom and will also give you back some financial support should you wish to pursue the option of online gambling.

Let’s have a look at these options in closer detail so you can get a better understanding of how your months ahead can be spent.

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Sports betting is an available option from casino bonuses index.com, through their top ten casino’s, you are able to pick up America’s best online operators who provide the in-play sports betting features. This will now cover the summer sporting events and upcoming seasons of college and major league baseball games. Will Louisville bounce back stronger next time? If you feel you that you have a top tip for the College World Series, then see if it can pay off.

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Good Luck wishes from UofL: Student athletes encourage kids to reach goals

Two weeks ago, students from Byck Elementary welcomed special visitors that brought kind wishes, beautiful letters, words of encouragement, and great examples of how much can be achieved with hard work and dedication. These special visitors were University of Louisville student athletes, showing how vital humanitarian work, friendship, love, and care is to the community and children. 

After writing and sending over 12,000 “Good luck” letters for elementary school students, UofL student athletes decided to make one hand-delivery to Byck Elementary students. It’s not all fun and games for these young elementary school students, as they are facing KPREP testing. Luckily, these young students are not going to take these important tests without big encouragement — they have the whole UofL team cheering for them!

This inspiring project of writing “Good Luck” letters is not just an excellent thing for elementary school children. It’s also a rich experience for UofL students. Nothing unites people better and offers a more rewarding experience than helping others, and UofL student-athletes keep showing over and over again that they know that quite well!  

Hard Work and a Bit of Luck

KPREP testing is maybe the first difficult challenge that elementary school students have to face, and it’s crucial for them to feel supported and encouraged by the community. Everybody feels more encouraged when they hear honest good-luck wishes, and it’s no different with young children. Plus, nobody knows better than athletes that a bit of luck always comes in handy. Just as ancient card players expected “good hands” from the gods, athletes too sometimes expect positive vibes, good thoughts, encouragement, and some good luck wishes from the community.

For athletes, good luck can reside in some special ritual — a favorite routine. On the other hand, for card players, it is often brought by playing cards’ symbolic meanings. But for children, it flies over from warm hearts and encouraging words of the community. Moreover, it comes from inspiring words of young intellectuals that already know how success is made and how the battle is won.

A foundation for every success is built on hard work, dedication, and discipline, but luck is important too. People who are facing a challenge always feel more relaxed and confident if they feel like good luck follows them. Since the dawn of time, athletes, warriors, sailors, travelers, artists, and many more have all prayed for some good luck and greeted it with gratitude. There is a thousands-of-years-long relationship between athletes and good fortune — a bond that carries strong symbolic meaning. Now, young athletes are the ones who are sending good-luck wishes and positive vibes!

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