Morehead-Alabama State Vie To Play Louisville

Neither Alabama State nor Morehead State has been to the NCAA Tournament recently. But Alabama State’s five-year absence pales to that of Morehead State, which hasn’t made the field for a quarter century. The teams meet tonight at 7:30 (ESPN) in the opening round of the tournament in Dayton for the right to take on top-seeded Louisville Friday.

Morehead was defeated by Louisville in the second round of that appearance in 1984 after the Eagles had eliminated North Carolina A&T.

Morehead State (19-15) qualified for the tournament by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, defeating Austin Peay, 67-65, in double overtime on Steve Peterson’s jump shot with 1.4 seconds left. Morehead is led by Leon Buchanan who averages 15.1 points per game.

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Louisville women’s coach Jeff Walz announced Monday that the University of Tennessee will be U of L’s opponent when the new Downtown Arena opens in November 2010. He also indicated the two schools will begin a three-game series next season.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

11 thoughts on “Morehead-Alabama State Vie To Play Louisville

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Hey Charlie, your resident UK fan/lurker here. It’s been awhile since I’ve commented though. Been a tough season for me – especially watching the Cards do so well. But I have to admit, your guys are fun to watch. As much as it pains me to admit it – I think the Cards are going to take it this season.

    I’m sorry, I’ve got to go take a shower now.

    Just kidding. Mostly πŸ™‚

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Jenny, your reluctance to pull for what I presume is your hometown and your hometown team is exactly the reason many Louisvillians take pleasure in what is happening in Lexington right now. What has Kentucky ever done for you? Louisville is where you live, where you make your living, where are your friends are. It kind of defies logic being a Kentucky fan in Louisville. Dumb, really.

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I guess UK fans have quit prancing around about their football team, now that UofL is out-performing them in basketball, their first love.

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Wow, I used to come here and have civil, good-natured, and lively conversations with Charlie and others. I disappear for a few months and come back only to get jumped on. You guys don’t know anything about me and you act like I’m some sort of monster for not being pumped that my team’s biggest rival is about to win a national championship. Chill out gang.

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Besides, I actually live in Jeffersonville πŸ˜›

  • March 17, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Jenny, thanks for stopping by again. As you can tell from some of the responses, people take their basketball seriously in these parts. It’s all in good fun, I’m sure πŸ™‚

  • March 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I quit worrying about yUK fans a long time ago…they are bad losers and bad winners and they hate U of L. I used to root for U of L (always my heart’s #1), IU AND yUK until a fan cornered me in Rupp years ago and said….you can’t be for that —— school AND UK so I chose my hometown school and man have we taken over…I am so glad I made the right decision and have NEVER looked back for the past 35 years. I still like IU though. I have family members who are yUK fans and they haven’t even congratulated us on our #1’s….sad for them. I hope UNLV buries them tonight in the NIT…love it. Or is that just “NIT pickin'” Go CARDS!! Win or lose it all and your STILL winners for the great season you’ve given all U of L fans everywhere.

  • March 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Way to go, Linda. You made the right choice, bury them.

  • March 18, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Being a UK fan is getting tougher and tougher these days. The most important thing you can do is support your team in good times and bad and I get most critical of so called “fans” who drop their loyalities in hard times.

    That being said, Jenny…your comments on here are always welcome and be true to your school. This affirmation could be put to the litmus test for many Cardinal fans come September.

  • March 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Cardinal fans ALWAYS remain true to their CARDINALS win or lose – we are the BEST fan base in the country according to Denny Crum, Tom Jurich, Rick Pitino and others in national sports media…..when we criticize SK it has nothing to do with our loyalty to our team, our AD or the university; it has everything to do with whether he is the persn for the job – unfortunately, we will have to rely on TJ to make that call. We trust him and he understands our frustrations. Go CARDS !

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