Spread Check: Louisville by 3.
Three of the five folks over at the Syracuse Post-Standard predict a Syracuse victory tonight. All five predict a tight, low scoring game.
Mike McCallister of Scout.com's Syracuse breaks down tonight's position matchups, and says that the Orange have the edge in four of the six major areas of play.
Louisville equipment has arrived in Syracuse! @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/mvRnXGPTU0— Evan Shaheen (@E_Shaheen82) October 2, 2014
Your official game preview from Syracuse.
The Post-Standard asks its handful of writers how the struggling Orange offense can be fixed.
If ever there was a week for Louisville to play on Friday, this is it, because Saturday's slate of games is absolutely loaded.
Russ Smith is really pumped up to be making his (sort of) professional debut inside the Yum Center, but he already really misses Rick Pitino.
I asked Russ how it has felt not to hear Pitino's voice anymore, not to hear the indelible shouts of 'Russ!' Pitino's instructions, a mix of frustration and compassion, had become almost a soundtrack of winter here.
"I actually kind of miss that," Smith said. "I realize how much he cares about me and I just, you miss playing for him. You miss him."
Russ also misses his teammates. But he said that so many of the players he had grown so close to-Siva and Dieng and Rakeem Buckles and Mike Marra and Kyle Kuric and Kevin Ware-are already gone. Those memories had already begun to fade. Smith stays in touch with current Cardinals, but he also understands he must move forward.
Nah, I'm not crying, I just finally got around to doing my ice bucket challenge. I can't believe you didn't see me do it.
Russ also talked with the Pelicans' NBA.com site about some of his interests and his on the court and off the court lives.
Best moments as an athlete: "Winning a national championship in college at Louisville; beating Florida to go to the Final Four and playing the final eight minutes of that game at point guard; and my Senior Night last season. That was really special - we beat UConn by 40-something points and I had 14 assists. That was pretty amazing."
How he chose his current uniform number of 9: "I thought it was time for a change. I knew I was going to leave 2 at Louisville and start something different. Fate gave me this number being available, so I took it and I want to make something out of it. There were a few numbers I could've taken, but I just decided to go with 9. Plus, Rajon Rondo (who wears 9 for Boston) was one of my favorite point guards before coming into the league. He's from Louisville and I got a chance to know him really well. I played some open runs with him for the last three years, hung out with him a few times. He's a good guy to be on the same team with!" [smiles]
One thing fans might be surprised to know about him: "I listen to a lot of different music and I'm very social."
No I just did another ice bucket challenge. Have a lot of friends. Got challenged a lot.
Jay Bilas has signed a contract extension with ESPN and will now also call the network's Saturday primetime game of the week, a la Kirk Herbstreit.
Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt previews Louisville.
This....this is not okay, Otto.
@CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/bPw8TXHBEd— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) October 2, 2014
While he's making significant strides in his second season of MLS play, former Cardinal Andrew Farrell is also being billed as a potential future defender for the USMNT.
Unsurprisingly, no Cardinals are on the list of choices for the ACC's top offensive player of September.
If you hate football or just don't want to pay for a pregame meal, here's a solid option for tonight.
Who is coming out to Trager Stadium tomorrow as we take on Duke at 6pm! FREE t-shirt/pizza to first 100 students! pic.twitter.com/gUBXI4QqSt— Louisville FH (@ULFieldHockey) October 2, 2014
The U of L men's soccer team is also in action this evening, taking on NC State. Here's your match preview.
Christian Ponder was drafted 20 picks earlier than Teddy Bridgewater. That is all.
If he'd only added "that's important," then Beamer would have been doing a Grand Budapest Hotel riff, and he would have gone up about 8,000 points in my book.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer coached #UofL DC Todd Grantham and gave him his first coaching job. "He's smart. He gets it," Beamer says.— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) October 2, 2014
Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier are both selected in the first round of Jeff Goodman's latest 2015 mock draft for ESPN.com.
Your standard AP preview for tonight.
Teddy may not have been in uniform last night, but that doesn't mean his fans weren't.
@cjzero @CardChronicle I'm still supporting tho! pic.twitter.com/8rySESRSvo— Karoline (@KaroPatterson) October 3, 2014
The Daily Orange looks back at the last time Louisville and Syracuse met on the gridiron.
The folks over at TNIAAM have an insightful roundtable discussion of tonight's game.
There has been a formal request to increase the number of recs it takes to red (or pink) a comment from three to five. I welcome your thoughts on this matter in the comments section.