Stockman eyes more playing time at Minnesota



 Still waiting for Matz Stockman to make that breakthrough to the next level? Not going to happen, at least not at the University of Louisville.

Hopes that the 7-foot, 240-pound Stockman could someday be a dominant force in the middle for the UofL basketball team were dashed Tuesday. Stockman is transferring to the University of Minnesota.

Rick Pitino was obviously involved in the decision, possibly frustrated with Stockman’s lack of progress during three seasons at UofL. He was rarely used this year, playing only 74 minutes in 18 games and averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

But the elder Pitino is also aware that if someone with Stockman’s physique and personality were to somehow become motivated, he could make a difference for some team. Best to keep him in the family, encouraging Stockman to play for his son Richard at Minnesota. 

Stockman will have to sit out a season, becoming eligible for 2018-19 campaign. “Matz has been a great team member with our basketball team and we appreciate his efforts,” said Pitino.  “Transferring to Minnesota is a great move for him, as he’ll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact when he becomes eligible to play.” 

Stockman is looking forward to getting much more playing time. “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me,” he said.

Hopefully a motivated Stockman doesn’t come back to haunt his old UofL coach in a couple of years.

Barry U. showcases Louisville’s shortcomings

Before anyone asks, Barry University is located in Miami Shores, Fla., is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, has just over 4,000 students, is a member of the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, and had a 19-9 record last season.

A program that competes on the Division II level, with just enough connections to make it onto the University of Louisville basketball team’s two-game exhibition schedule.  Good enough to expose some of UofL’s flaws, and that’s what Rick Pitino said he needed to confirm.

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There was no shortage of flaws in Louisville’s 91-71 win before an announced crowd of 19,237 at the KFC Yum! Center. Some of which may or may not be serious.

Chris Jones seems a little slow getting out of the gate after three public appearances. Nine points in this one on three of eight shot attempts while credited with five assists, four fouls and four turnovers.

Despite UofL’s significant height advantage, Barry owned a 53-41 rebounding edge. One of those games where the bounces always seemed to favor the opposition. Pitino said it was a lack of technique, with players not being in the right position to get the ball. “We’re running to the rim and the only thing you can do that there is take the ball out of bounds,” he stated.

The offense appeared to be haphazard and disorganized at times, resulting more from being bigger and more physical. The coach actually admitting he was holding back a little. “We are not running a lot of our sets right now because, our early opponents, we don’t want to give them too much,” said Pitino. “Every game of ours is on television, so we don’t want to show as much as we would for a regular game.”

Depth has to be a concern, with Pitino playing only seven players most of the game. Barry got 37 points from the bench while UofL had 16. Free throw shooting needs continued work, with UofL hitting only 10 of 20 attempts.

Surprising that Shaqquan Aaron never checked into the game. “I can’t play everybody,” said Pitino.  “I really can’t. I got to work on getting ready for Minnesota. It’s a different schedule this year, so I know you want him to play, but I can’t put him in because you want him to play.”

That last comment a possible indication that Pitino is getting the jump a lot of second guessing as he attempts to figure this team out in the weeks ahead.

U of L basketball opens against Samford

Good luck trying to keep the sequence of events straight but the pairings have been announced for the highly-vaunted Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in the Bahamas.

Finding NBC Sports and AXS.tv on television and/or the Internet should be a priority as well.

What we know for sure is that the University of Louisville will play Samford at the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 15. UofLSports.com indicates that game is considered part of the tournament but it won’t affect the brackets.

Then Rick Pitino’s team will travel to the islands to face Nothern Iowa on Nov. 22, hoping to stay in the winner’s bracket. The best the loser can do after that is compete for fifth place.

UofL will next face the winner or loser of the Missouri vs. Stanford matchup on Nov. 23 at either 3:30 or 9:30 p.m. Other initial matchups include Duke facing Minnesota and Memphis playing Virginia Commonwealth.

NBC Sports Network will air the 7 and 9:30 p.m. games each day, while AXS.tv will air the 1 and 3:30 p.m. games. The championship game will be played at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 24.

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Memphis once, maybe twice

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Another piece of the puzzle added to the University of Louisville basketball schedule.

U of L will meet up with Memphis Dec. 15th, according to the Associated Press.

Could possibly be the second game between the two, with both teams participating in the Battle For Atlantis, Nov. 22-24, in the Bahamas, along with Duke, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Stanford and Virginia Commonwealth.

Possible major conflict looming for U of L fans, with Charlie Strong’s football team hosting UConn at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the 24th.
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Louisville Basketball Easily Most Profitable

The University of Louisville is once again No. 1 in terms of profitability among the nation’s college basketball programs, according to the latest compilation, this one by CNNMoney.com.

And it’s not even close.

U of L took in $25.4 million in revenue, compared to $19.8 million for the University of North Carolina in second place, and almost $10 million more than Ohio State in third place. More importantly, Louisville had $16.8 in profit, compared to UNC’s $12.3 million and Ohio State’s $11.4 million.

Other regional schools like Indiana and Kentucky were ranked seventh and 14th, respectively, IU reporting $8.2 million in profit and UK announcing $6.1 million.

Missing from the top 20 this year was Duke, which after years of reporting profits in the $4 million to $5 million range, reported a loss of more than $2 million. The school said that was due to a shift in revenue to the non-sport specific classification.

School Revenue Expenses Profit
Louisville

25,494,904

8,625,245

16,869,659

North Carolina

19,852,544

7,488,429

12,364,115

Ohio State

16,115,419

4,697,478

11,417,941

Arizona

17,524,360

6,132,352

11,392,008

Illinois

14,507,336

4,772,399

9,734,937

Syracuse

16,817,122

7,784,244

9,032,878

Indiana

15,173,264

6,946,942

8,226,322

Minnesota

12,956,390

5,113,345

7,843,045

Kansas

15,737,145

8,219,362

7,517,783

North Carolina State

10,914,295

3,747,426

7,166,869

Tennessee

12,576,715

5,464,911

7,111,804

Texas

14,770,278

7,891,661

6,878,617

Michigan State

15,592,500

9,031,373

6,561,127

Kentucky

14,773,034

8,615,726

6,157,308

Maryland

10,793,864

4,891,205

5,902,659

Dayton

9,091,521

3,401,333

5,690,188

Northwestern

9,328,062

3,720,715

5,607,347

Xavier

8,791,518

3,938,466

4,853,052

UCLA

11,775,932

6,996,960

4,778,972

UNLV

9,230,385

4,644,437

4,585,948

Source:  CNNMoney