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Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans hold up signs prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans hold up signs prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

A little of this, and a little of that as we try to cool off after spending almost five hours (one hour of socializing and four hours watching the game) from Syracuse University's 62-28 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the sauna..oops, we mean the Carrier Dome on Friday night.

The Heat Is On

Earlier in the day, a media source reported that the Carrier Dome would finally get air condition as part of the renovation project. It couldn't come too soon.

The temperature outside of the Carrier Dome was 84 degrees. Inside, it had to be close to 100. Complete dead air.

Hats off to the SU Strength and Conditioning staff for getting the Syracuse players in such top conditioning in the off-season, something that is needed with the fast-paced Dino Babers offense. And certainly, it will play to the Orange's favor as the season goes on, as the team is in great shape. Not once during the game did a Syracuse player go down with cramps. >> Read more...

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Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Traveon Samuel (1) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Syracuse Orange during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Louisville defeated Syracuse 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 9, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Traveon Samuel (1) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Syracuse Orange during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Louisville defeated Syracuse 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

While the program is promoting that "Orange is the new fast," the Syracuse football team showed Friday night that the phrase refers to their offensive tempo and not the overall athleticism level of the team, as #13 Louisville blew up their defense with big play after big play en route to a 62-28 rout at the Carrier Dome. The Orange (1-1, 0-1 ACC) were gouged early and often by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0), who had 15 plays that gained at least 20 yards as they piled up 845 yards of total offense, the most ever allowed by an SU defense.

It also could have been worse for the Syracuse defense. The unit forced three turnovers to thwart Louisville drives, but were also helped by a couple handfuls of passes dropped by Cardinal receivers. >> Read more...

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Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The first game of his tenure at Syracuse is in the books, and Dino Babers has the Orange on the right track. Not getting derailed in Week 2 is another matter.

Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 13 Louisville (1-0) on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams, and the Cardinals, with versatile quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way, are certainly a big step up from FCS Colgate.

Jackson is coming off a record-setting performance in the season opener against Charlotte, a 70-14 blitz in which he only played the first half and still accounted for a stunning 405 yards and eight touchdowns.

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One of the top centers in the Class of 2017 is headed to the ACC.

Malik Williams, a 7-footer who plays for Fort Wayne (IN) R Nelson Snider High School and Legit Basketball on the AAU scene, offered a verbal commitment to Rick Pitino and Louisville on Thursday afternoon via his Twitter account.

Williams, the No. 3 center and No. 32 overall recruit according to 247sports.com's composite rankings, is the first 2017 commit for the Cardinals.

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Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

At some point this summer, Rick Pitino would like some clarification from John Calipari.

On June 14, Calipari appeared on Mike Lupica's podcast, and the subject turned to NCAA violations and whether coaches should be held accountable for what happens under their watch. Calipari's comments were perceived to be digs at Louisville's Rick Pitino, and North Carolina's Roy Williams, both of whom are dealing with NCAA investigations. This, after Calipari took a perceived shot at Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in late-May.

On Monday, Pitino responded to Calipari.

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(Jamie Rhodes)

Louisville will play Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 21 and against Indiana on New Year's Eve, Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino told reporters on Tuesday afternoon as part of his first media availability since the end of last season.

Louisville-Kentucky, which is generally on the first Saturday after Christmas, was moved up to a Wednesday next season because that is what ESPN wanted, Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said during Pitino's presser. The network giant owns the television rights to the game.

"They'll still get 5,000 or 6,000 of their fans somehow buying their places," Pitino said jokingly of Kentucky fans. "No matter what money, you can't keep them out."

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Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku will remain in the NBA Draft and forego his final two years of college eligibility.

Onuaku is projected as the No. 38 pick by DraftExpress.com.

He averaged 9.9 and 8.5 rebounds last season at Louisville.

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St. Thomas More's Christian Vital, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Queens Village, enjoyed his official visit to Louisville.

"I enjoyed everything from the coaching staff, team, facilities, and the people in the city of Louisville," he told SNY.tv. "It's a great place."

Vital decommitted from UNLV after the coaching change and recently cut his list to three schools, Louisville, UConn and Iowa. He took an official to UConn early last week, along with Brewster (N.H.) Academy big man Taurean Thompson.

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Rick Pitino says he will evaulate his future plans after the season, but that he doesn't think he "can live a day without coaching."

Louisville imposed a postseason ban and will play its last regular-season home game Tuesday night against Georgia Tech before closing out the season on Saturday at Virginia.

"I'll ask myself after the season if Louisville is a better place with Rick Pitino as coach, and if the answer is yes, I'll do what I've done for 15 years and come back and fight for a championship, and that's what I plan on doing," the embattled coach told Ian O'Connor in this ESPN.com column. "But if the time comes that I feel Louisville is better off without me, I'm without ego now. I'd recommend this job to everybody. The town is great, the AD is off-the-charts fantastic and loyal, and I have a super team coming back. But if I think Louisville will be better off without me, anything's possible."

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Rick Pitino reiterated during an interview Tuesday morning on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" that he knew nothing about the allegations at Louisville and said he will be "totally vindicated."

"In the end I think I'll be totally vindicated and people will understand how it happened," Pitino said.

Pitino also said that if Louisville AD Tom Jurich "thought for one second" that Pitino knew anything about the allegations, "I would've been gone a long time ago."

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Damion Lee's NBA Draft stock won't likely be impacted by Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban. (Michael Thomas Shroyer / USA Today)
Damion Lee's NBA Draft stock won't likely be impacted by Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban. (Michael Thomas Shroyer / USA Today)

Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban is unlikely to impact the NBA Draft stock of its top players, several experts told SNY.tv on Friday.

"Not at all," Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com told SNY.tv. "Playing in the ACC, everyone has seen them against the best competition in college basketball."

The same sentiment was echoed by one NBA executive.

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Louisville will self-impose a postseason ban. (Jamie Rhodes / USA Today)
Louisville will self-impose a postseason ban. (Jamie Rhodes / USA Today)

Louisville has announced a one-year postseason ban for its men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal in which an escort alleged that a former staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

University President James Ramsey said Friday at a news conference that an investigation by the school has revealed that some violations did occur. Ramsey said the ban is for all postseason tournaments, including the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments.

Ramsey said he received the latest results of the investigation on Thursday, but noted the review of the allegation is continuing.

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Rick Pitino said Louisville was "wronged" by Andre McGee in the sex scandal case, and that the NCAA investigation could last into July. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Rick Pitino said Louisville was "wronged" by Andre McGee in the sex scandal case, and that the NCAA investigation could last into July. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

Rick Pitino said Friday that Louisville was "wronged" in the school's sex scandal and that the NCAA investigation into the case may go into July.

"I believe we have been wronged," Pitino said in a long press conference the transcript of which is here. "We have been wronged. Now, did one person do some scurrilous things? I believe so. From what I know now, I believe so. The only thing I don't know, I don't know why he did it. I just, for the life of me, can't figure out - he knew better, he was taught better, by his parents and by me.

Andre McGee, the former Louisville staffer, has yet to speak publicly in the case where former Louisville escort Katina Powell says she provided strippers and prostitutes for Louisville players and recruits from 2010 to 2014.

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(Richard Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of heavy criticism for skipping the post-game press conference following Louisville's loss to Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena, Rick Pitino issued an explanation on his Website.

"Before I release the MVP order, let me set the record straight about not doing a postgame press conference. I told Kenny Klein and Paul Rogers 24 hours before the game that it didn't matter, win or lose, I would speak to our fans through our postgame radio interview and Ralph would speak with the media. I've done the same after a victory at home. It is an ACC rule for me to do the postgame interviews for league games, but not for non-conference games.

"But let's get to the truth of why. Once every two years, it's an extremely emotional and difficult experience for me to coach in Rupp Arena. I knew that when I accepted the job at Louisville, but it's never easy. We give them credit for the victory and we hope to grow after the loss."

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis shoots during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals guard Trey Lewis at Rupp Arena. (Frank Victores/USATSI)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis shoots during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals guard Trey Lewis at Rupp Arena. (Frank Victores/USATSI)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's shortest player led the Wildcats past their biggest rival.

Point guard Tyler Ulis scored 21 points, and No. 12 Kentucky held off 16th-ranked Louisville's rally for a 75-73 win Saturday to give John Calipari his 200th victory as the Wildcats' coach.

"It was a great team performance and really a good win," Ulis said. "We played with a lot more enthusiasm from the start."

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari is calling for fans to be "classy" in the wake of the Louisville sex scandal. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is calling for fans to be "classy" in the wake of the Louisville sex scandal. (David J. Phillip/AP)

With Louisville set to visit Kentucky on Saturday in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass, John Calipari is calling for Big Blue Nation to be classy.

"I would tell our fans, 'Enjoy the game, don't be bringing in banners, don't be bringing in posters. Don't. You don't need to do it,'" Calipari said Thursday. "I mean, let's just enjoy the basketball game. Let's be classy. We have the classiest fans. I would expect that's how they'll be in this game."

Louisville has been engulfed in the sex scandal in which Katina Powell alleged in her book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee hired dancers and hookers to perform for and have sex with Louisville players and recruits. The allegations triggered multiple investigations from the NCAA and legal authorities.

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Rawle Alkins went off on Sunday at the Bluegrass Showcase in Lexington, Ky.

The 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native poured in 51 points as Word of God Academy (N.C.) beat Victory Prep (Texas), 121-101, in front of Indiana head coach Tom Crean and assistant Chuck Martin as well as Louisville assistant Mike Balado. Alkins drained six of his seven 3-pointers in the second half, when he scored 33 points.

Jarred Vanderbilt, a Class of 2017 big man, had 33 points, 23 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

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Markelle Fultz?has scheduled an official visit to Louisville beginning Wednesday and will then trip to Arizona Aug. 10-12.

?I am going to Louisville on Wednesday, which is after this camp ends," he said. "I am looking to meet the players and just get more detail. An official is different than an unofficial so I am looking forward to seeing the environment and talking to Coach (Rick) Pitino.?

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V.J. King, a 6-foot-7 2016 small forward from Paul VI (Va.), is headed to Louisville.

Ranked No. 25 by ESPN.com and No. 16 by 247Sports.com, King chose the Cardinals over Kentucky and UConn on Friday. He is Louisville's first 2016 pledge.

?I think probably the main reason I picked that school was the conference,? King told Scout.com. ?I?ve always wanted to play in the ACC, the top conference in the country. Plus with the roster they have, I fit right into that system. They have a bunch of bigs and guards and not really that scoring factor and I can fit that.?

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Drexel transfer Damion Lee is?headed to Louisville and, he Tweeted.

? Damion Lee (@DameX_0) April 23, 2015The 6-foot-6 junior guard also considered?Arizona, Gonzaga, Maryland and Marquette.

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Longtime Rick Pitino lieutenant Ralph Willard will replace Wyking Jones on the Louisville staff, a source told SNY.tv.

Jones is leaving to join Cuonzo Martin's staff at California, according to reports.

Willard, 69, served as an assistant under Pitino at Louisville, Kentucky and with the Knicks. He's also been the head coach at several schools including Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky and Holy Cross.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

Louisville?released a report on Monday saying that dismissed point guard Chris Jones threatened his girlfriend last week.?

As reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal, a call response run report shows that on Feb. 17, after his intimate "off and on" girlfriend had "messed up" his room at the Province Apartments, Jones responded by texting her that he would "smack TF (the f---) out of" her.

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Louisville senior guard Chris Jones has been suspended from the Cardinals' basketball team for a violation of team rules and will not travel to Syracuse for Wednesday's game,?the school announced.

No?timetable is specified on the suspension.

The 5-foot-10 Jones is averaging 13.6 points and 3.7 assists.

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By CHRIS RUSSELL

Louisville junior?forward?Montrezl Harrell?has been selected the ZAGSBLOG National Player of the Week.

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Louisville trailed North Carolina by 18 points early in the second half, but roared back behind dunking machine Montrezl Harrell to notch a 78-68 overtime win at the KFC Yum! Center.

The No. 10 Cardinals outscored the No. 13 Heels 18-8 in the extra period.

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BY CHIP MILLER

PADUCAH, Ky.?- Huntington Prep (W.V.) 2016 five-star wing Miles Bridges struggled with his offense in the Saturday night session at McCracken County Mustang Madness.

"I couldn't get anything going offensively, but my defense, I felt I played pretty good," Bridges said. "Malik [Newman] only scored like three points on me. He was getting points off the line and stuff and we couldn't rebound, so that's why we lost."

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Louisville's Montrezl Harrell was ejected from?the Cardinals 76-67 victory over?Western Kentucky after he threw a punch in the first half.

Louisville SID Kenny Klein?confirmed?that Harrell was ejected on a Flagrant 2 foul, not for fighting. The ACC will reportedly review the play and can add a suspension if it deems it's warranted.

Louisville's next game is Tuesday against Cal-State Northridge.

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By CHIP MILLER

Just one day after Louisville head man Rick Pitino met with 2016 Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton, news surfaced that Louisville has offered the five-star point guard not only for the 2016 year, which is his current classification, but for the 2015-16 season.

"Louisville has only been recruiting the 6-2, 165-pound point guard for about a week," Jerry Meyer wrote Wednesday,?"but Pitino has not only offered Thornton a scholarship but has also offered him one as a 2015 prospect."

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NEW YORK -- As a native New Yorker?and longtime Big East guy, Rick Pitino was sad to see Louisville leave the league.

But despite the departures of Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC, the Big East is doing just fine right now.

The league has three Top 25 teams in No. 7 Villanova, No. 15 Butler and No. 24 St. John's. Seton Hall had been unbeaten before Tuesday ?night's loss at Wichita State.

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NEW YORK -- After Louisville blew?out Indiana 94-74 in the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Rick Pitino was asked where his team stood on the national college basketball landscape.

"I think Kentucky and Duke are at the highest level right now," Pitino said of the No. 1 and 2-ranked teams in the nation.?"We hope to get to that level....I think we have a very high ceiling, so I think we can get there...I think we have shot-blocking, we have a great backcourt so we hope to get there, I don't think we're in their class now."

No. 5 Louisville hosts Kentucky Dec. 27. Both teams are currently unbeaten.

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By CHIP MILLER

BENTON, Ky. -- Fresh off back-to-back visits to Kentucky and Louisville,?Thon Maker?appears to be on the brink of?reclassifying to the Class of 2015, which could have a profound impact on the 2016 NBA Draft.

"I'll know that by the end of this semester," the 7-foot center from Ontario's?Orangeville Prep said?at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. "It should be around there, so I?ll know where I stand in terms of academics."

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino has chimed in on the recent decommitment of shooting guard?Antonio Blakeney, which has been linked to the fact that Louisville is an adidas program and Blakeney plays for a Nike AAU team.

"I don't like not being able to recruit" a kid because of their shoe affiliation, Pitino said, according to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal. "We need to get shoe companies out of their lives"

Pitino isn't permitted to comment on recruitable student-athletes so he was ostensibly speaking generally.

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Five-star combo guard P.J. Dozier will take an official visit to Louisville the weekend of Oct. 30 following an in-home visit Wednesday with head coach Rick Pitino and assistant Kenny Johnson.

Louisville hosts Florida State in football Oct. 30.

"The visit went extremely well," Perry Dozier Sr. told SNY.tv Thursday. "Coach came in and he was very warm and just got right to the point. We talked; it a was a great visit."

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After parting ways with Antonio Blakeney following his decommitment, Louisville has zeroed in on P.J Dozier, a 6-foot-5 two guard out of Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and assistant Kenny Johnson will have a home visit with Dozier tonight (Wednesday).

"I talked to Coach Kenny, and they just want to come down and sit down and talk and start the process over again," Perry?Dozier, Sr. who coaches his son, told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "We wouldn't have them come in if (P.J.) wasn't (interested)."

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino highlighted an array of college and pro coaches at the Brayden Carr Foundation clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday, and Pitino later defended Coach K against charges that he holds a recruiting advantage as coach of Team USA.

"Obviously, I think it's a great cause," Pitino told SNY.tv of the event, founded by Rhode Island?assistant coach Jimmy Carr and his wife Natalie after their 2-year-old son Brayden died in 2011.

"Richard [Pitino] lost a brother and we lost a child, so we know the heartbreak that goes with that, and obviously being part of something for the great cause, besides representing coaches, is a terrific thing."

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On the first day of the fall recruiting period, Louisville coach Rick Pitino spent about two hours on the campus of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard's while recruiting 2016 combo guard Tyus Battle.

"Tyus is a top priority for them," Gill coach Mergin Sina told SNY.tv after the visit. "He thinks Tyus can play multiple positions in his system and he loves Tyus's length and athleticism."

The 6-foot-5 Battle visited Louisville this past summer unofficially during a trip in which he picked up offers from both Louisville and Kentucky.

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By?JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney committed to Louisville on Thursday night as Rick Pitino grabs another high-level guard from the Class of 2015; Reggie Rankin of ESPN had the story first.

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Donovan Mitchell is a future Louisville Cardinal.

Less than a week?after cutting his list to five?schools, the 6-foot-3 guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy pulled the trigger for Louisville Thursday while on his official visit.

"Louisville First - Cardinals Forever!! Let's bring that national championship back to #CardNation #Louisville," he Tweeted.

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Raymond Spalding, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Louisville Trinity, verbally committed to Louisville on Sunday, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

Indiana, Duke, Tennessee and Xavier?also offered.

"Louisville (the area) made me pick Louisville (the University)," he said. "There's nothing like being a hometown player. I feel that Louisville will develop me into the player that first their program and I like that."

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Louisville?has landed a commitment right in the middle of the July recruiting period.

Deng Adel, an athletic, high-energy 6-foot-7 small forward originally from Australia, committed to the Cardinals on Monday.

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Bryant Crawford, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2015, visited Louisville this week and is definitely considering the Cardinals as a future destination after picking up a scholarship offer.

"It was nice, I enjoyed it,"??the 6-foot-2 point guard from Washington, D.C., Gonzaga and Team Takeover told SNY.tv by phone.

Crawford met with head man Rick Pitino and his staff.

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Eron Gordon, a 6-foot-2 2016 guard from Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral, visited Louisville unofficially Friday and has several more visits on tap in the coming weeks.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is in Italy on vacation with his family, but Gordon visited?with the rest of the staff and toured the School of Engineering, the practice facility and the outside of the KFC Yum! Center.

"We'll go back at a later date once [Pitino] is there but we wanted to make sure we got to the?campus,"?Eric Gordon Sr., the player's father, told SNY.tv by phone of his youngest son's visit. "He wants to take some time and get his visits done."

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Louisville is the latest college basketball heavyweight to offer a scholarship to 7-footer Thon Maker of the Carlisle School (Va.), the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2016.

Ed Smith, Maker's legal guardian, spoke with Rick Pitino on Wednesday and received the offer.

"He said he likes his versatility," Smith told SNY.tv. "Offensively, he is like a young [Kevin] Garnett. They believe that in their back screen flare action, two-man game and elbow series he will thrive. Defensively, they could do a lot with him in their press and man defense because of his fluidity as an athlete. They liked how he played against Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander of Mac Irvin Fire when we beat them."

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ROSELLE, N.J. -- After working out for Louisville coach Rick Pitino Monday at Roselle Catholic High School, Isaiah Briscoe now has a scholarship offer from the Cardinals and is planning a visit there.

"I think the workout went good, he offered while we were talking," Briscoe told SNY.tv following the workout. "He said he was going to follow me in [the Nike EYBL stop in] Sacramento [next weekend]. The next is him seeing me in action"

Pitino is the second coach with an NCAA championship in the last two years to visit Roselle Catholic in the past two weeks. UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who is also recruiting Briscoe, spoke at a coaches' clinic at the school April 11.

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Barry "Slice" Rohrssen has officially left Jamie Dixon's staff at Pittsburgh and will be named an assistant coach at Kentucky in the coming days, as previously reported by SNY.tv

?Everyone at Pitt wishes Barry the very best in his future pursuits,? Dixon said.

A Kentucky spokesman said no announcement on their end was imminent.

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By JOSH NEWMAN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

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President Barack Obama has Michigan State winning the national title and a Final Four of Michigan State, Louisville, Arizona and Florida.?

Those four teams are the favorites to get to the Final Four despite Louisville and Michigan State seeded fourth.

Obama has UConn defeating St. Joseph's in the Round of 64 on Thursday, but falling to second-seeded Villanova on Saturday.

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Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com has Louisville as the favorite to cut down the nets again.

Silver's computers give the defending NCAA champion Cardinals a 15 percent shot of winning it all for a second year in a row -- this despite them being the No. 4 seed in the Midwest.

As far as Final Four participants, Silver picks Louisville out of the Midwest (38.1 percent), Florida out of the South (41.1 percent), Arizona out of the West (42.4 percent) and Michigan State out of the East (24 percent).

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino did the soft politic on Saturday night. After winning the American Athletic Conference with a 71-61 win over UConn, Pitino gave an opinion on where the Cardinals should be. ?

He said he thinks Louisville would be a one seed. Certainly, it plays like one seed, and then said he doesn't politic. Which was an incredible bit of politicking in itself.

?We?ll probably be a one seed,? Pitino told ESPN's Andy Katz postgame.

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