The Oakland Raiders had the option of selecting highly touted wide receiver Calvin Johnson or quarterback JaMarcus Russell as their No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft, and selected Russell, who ended up being categorized as a “bust.” But now Russell is attempting a comeback, according to Yahoo! Sports.Russell’s last snap came in 2009 with the Raiders, but he has been away from the NFL for the last two seasons. He received tryouts from the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in 2010, but now finds himself trying to resurrect what once was deemed as a promising career.“My first year out, I couldn’t watch football, but after a while, I couldn’t keep the TV off,” Russell said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I got that itchy feeling but now I gotta watch it, gotta watch.”The 27-year-old Russell was heavily criticized throughout his collegiate and professional career for his weight. When he entered the league he was 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. He has picked up even more weight since his absence. Now Russell has dropped from 320 to 308 pounds by focusing on his cardio conditioning in the last six weeks.“The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family,” he said. “People would say (that) I didn’t love the game but that pisses me off. People don’t know the real you, but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”The next couple of months will be one of Russell’s biggest tests of commitment to reclaiming his future in the league. He will work with a plethora of former NFL players and personnel to get into better physical shape and retool his memory. Jeff Garcia, Marshall Faulk and Olympian Ato Boldon are some of the people he will be working with.Russell will still need to prove that he has changed from the man who was arrested in July 2010 for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription.“I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me,” Russell said.One step that Russell has taken is speaking to youth groups about his arrest and poor decision making.But he is determined that the decision to make a comeback will be the right choice in the long run.“It’s going to feel good to go back out there again,” Russell said. “I will make this happen.”
With the NHL playoffs starting this week, all eyes will be on the goaltenders, hockey’s masked men. A goalie’s time on the ice is a solitary existence, with flurries of activity punctuating long periods of inaction. Hockey has been called the ultimate team sport, but all too often the goaltender finds himself alone as the puck approaches.Because the goalie is a team’s last line of defense, it’s no surprise that strong performance in net is incredibly important to winning a hockey game. During the regular season, save percentage (the generally accepted shorthand measure of goaltending effectiveness) explains a higher proportion of team performance than any other fundamental factor1Think of hockey’s “Four Factors” as the following: generating shots (as measured by shots per game), scoring on a high percentage of those shots (shooting percentage), preventing opposing shots (shots allowed per game), and stopping shots (save percentage). Together, these factors explain over 99 percent of a team’s goals-per game-differential, which in turn explains 92 percent of point percentage (a team’s standings points divided by the total number of points available in its games). in hockey.2The measure of relative importance used here is the Lindeman, Merenda and Gold (LMG) method described in this paper. In NHL regular seasons since 1988, team save percentage has a 29.5 percent LMG value when regressed against goal differential/game, compared to 28.9 percent for shooting percentage, 24.0 percent for shots allowed/game, and 17.7 percent for shots/game. In the playoffs, the emphasis on goaltending only intensifies; save percentage is easily the most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason.3In postseason play since 1988, team save percentage has a 43.3 percent LMG value when regressed against per-game goal differential, compared to 34.9 percent for shooting percentage, 13.3 percent for shots allowed/game and 8.6 percent for shots/game. A hot goalie really is the key to a successful playoff run.But herein lies a great paradox: Despite goaltending’s outsize impact on the outcomes of hockey games, it’s extremely hard to say exactly which goalies are truly good or bad at their jobs.This perplexing point was raised by the authors of the 2010 book “Stumbling on Wins,” and it still stands today. Using Hockey-Reference.com’s adjusted version of the save percentage statistic, adjusted Goals Against Percentage (GA%-),4I used GA%- because it’s useful for historical analysis since it compares a goalie’s save percentage to the ever-changing league average. GA%- is scaled to represent the percentage of the league’s rate of goals per shot that a player allows, so lower is better. For example, a GA%- of 84, like Henrik Lundqvist had last season, means he allowed only 84 percent of the number of goals a league-average goalie would have allowed on the same number of shots. the correlation of goalie performance from year to year is so low5A correlation coefficient of 0.296, to be exact, for goalies who qualified for Hockey-Reference’s leaderboards in back-to-back seasons. that, in practical terms, only 30 percent of the difference we see between a goalie and the league average in any given season actually “belongs” to the goalie himself. The rest is just random.6So when Ottawa’s Craig Anderson led the NHL last season with a 67 GA%- (the second-lowest mark of any goalie since 1984), the best expectation of his talent going forward was still only a GA%- of 90 — the assumption being that the other 23 points of GA%- were probably due to random variance. (If you’re doubting that assumption, Anderson snapped back to earth this season with a 104 GA%-.)The poor correlation of save percentage from one year to the next also indicates that goalies are extremely volatile commodities. For instance, if a goaltender is above average in a given season, there’s only a 59.2 percent chance he’ll be above average again the following year. And if he’s below average now, don’t worry: There’s a 47.2 percent probability that he’ll be above average next season.7Some of this is admittedly due to selection bias; by zeroing in on goalies we knew had a “next season,” we’re implicitly weeding out the ones who played poorly and were never given another chance — presumably because scouts decided they were as bad as the numbers said. But the threshold to qualify for Hockey-Reference’s save percentage leaderboard is a mere 26 games in a normal season, so the selection effect shouldn’t influence the results too much.Take Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. During the 2010-11 season, Elliott was the NHL’s second-worst qualified goalie — only Nikolai Khabibulin was less effective at stopping pucks — and in 142 career games he had a lifetime GA%- of 111 (which translates to 11 percent worse than league average). If any goalie seemed unlikely to play well in the future, it was Elliott, but the very next year he led the NHL with a 69 GA%- (31 percent better than league average), at the time the third-best single-season performance by any goalie since the NHL started tracking save percentage in 1984.8Elliott’s 2011-12 season now ranks fourth because Craig Anderson put up a 67 GA%- last season. And how did Elliott follow that brilliant campaign? By posting a below-average 106 GA%- last season, and a 90 GA%- this year.It’s the kind of thing that will spin you around faster than a Pavel Datsyuk deke.So is Elliott a good goaltender or not? We can say he is probably a slightly below-average netminder who happened to have an all-time outlier of a career year in 2012. But that’s just because we have a relatively large amount of data on him by now. His career GA%- is 103 after nearly 250 games and 6,000 shots faced. A goalie’s save percentage only begins to stabilize after facing around 3,000 shots, at which point we would expect half of his observed performance to be talent (the rest is still luck). The busiest goaltenders each year face roughly 2,000 shots, so it takes about a season and a half for GA%- to offer insight on even the biggest goaltending workhorses.This does not mean that there is no difference in talent among goalies. It just means there’s a great deal of uncertainty around how any one goalie compares to another, and that the distribution of talent among NHL-caliber goaltenders is significantly more narrow than would be expected from looking at season-level save percentages alone.9The spread of which is artificially inflated by luck in small samples. As a consequence, the “replacement-level” save percentage for goalies (to borrow a term from baseball’s sabermetrics, referring to the production a team could expect from a minimum-salary player freely available on the waiver wire) is remarkably close to league average.10In keeping with the ratios of cap dollars devoted to each position, a save percentage .006 below average is probably the optimal replacement level. In 2013-14, that would set the replacement level at .908, a number that was average just five seasons ago. This, too, is a product of the uncertainty surrounding the true talent level of any given goalie — with such high levels of volatility, teams don’t need to accept bad goaltending performances for long. Given what little information we have about any goalie’s actual talent, a backup is almost as likely to give above-replacement production as a struggling starter is.If chance overwhelms skill in an entire regular season’s worth of goaltending statistics, imagine what can happen in the playoffs, when the leading goalies face but 800 shots at most. The Vancouver Canucks have experience with this: Kirk McLean, a nine-year veteran with a perfectly average 100 career GA%- going into the 1994 playoffs, backstopped the team to within a win of the Stanley Cup on the strength of a stellar 78 GA%- in the postseason. So do Capitals die-hards: Olaf Kolzig led Washington to the Finals in 1998 with a playoff GA%- that was 27 points lower than his career average. And Mike Smith nearly did the same for the 2012 Phoenix Coyotes. Playoff history is littered with seemingly nondescript goaltenders who suddenly became incredible puck-stoppers come springtime.But history can also cut the other way. In 2001, the great Patrick Roy had a regular-season GA%- of 90 — 13th in the league, if slightly down from his peak numbers of a few years earlier — and during the playoffs he had one of the best performances of his career with a 75 GA%-, leading the Colorado Avalanche to the championship. The following year, Roy was quite a bit better during the regular season (81 GA%-), ostensibly setting himself up for another strong playoff bid. So what happened next? Roy put up a terrible 110 GA%- in the playoffs, capped off by an embarrassing, season-ending loss to Detroit in which he allowed six goals before being pulled from the game in the second period. In the minuscule sample of the playoffs, even Hall of Famers are at the capricious whims of variance.It’s something to keep in mind during this year’s playoffs. Just as we found the correlation for regular-season GA%- to be quite low from year to year, the correlation between a goalie’s regular-season and his playoff GA%- is even smaller, as is the correlation between his previous career GA%- and playoff GA%-. We can’t predict who will fluctuate, just that somebody likely will.It’s not just goalies who are unpredictable; hockey’s stats holy war over shot quantity versus shot quality has shown us that an offense’s shooting percentage is just as inconsistent. The whole sport is especially vulnerable to random fluctuations, something that shows up most once a puck starts moving towards the net.In 2008, an Edmonton fan named Brian King left a comment at a now-defunct Oilers blog suggesting that the best way to understand luck in hockey was to look at a team’s shooting percentage on offense and the collective save percentage of its goalies. If you combined those stats for a team, and compared them to the league average, you could tell whether a team had been lucky or unlucky — and how far it had to go to regress to the league’s mean. The metric became known as PDO (its namesake was King’s online pseudonym), and the more it strays from its baseline of 1.00 (above 1 means lucky; below, unlucky), the more likely the team’s record, and even its goal differential, has been tainted by randomness.A great deal of recent hockey research has shown that, if given a large enough sample, every team’s PDO will more or less regress toward the league average of 1.00. The big implication of PDO is that a team has virtually no long-term control over shooting percentage, just like it can’t predict the efficacy of its goalie. The key to good defense, then, is simply to keep the opposition from shooting, because it’s impossible for a goalie to maintain a consistently high save percentage.PDO can now tell us the extent of hockey’s chaos, but goaltenders have always grappled with the randomness of their position. In his classic book, “The Game,” the Montreal Canadiens’ Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden wrote that a goaltender’s mental focus is key:If you were to ask a coach or a player what he would most like to see in a goalie, he would, after some rambling out-loud thoughts, probably settle on something like: consistency, dependability, and the ability to make the big save. [ … ] Because the demands on a goalie are mostly mental, it means that for a goalie the biggest enemy is himself. Not a puck, not an opponent, not a quirk of size or style. Him. The stress and anxiety he feels when he plays, the fear of failing, the fear of being embarrassed, the fear of being physically hurt, all are symptoms of his position, in constant ebb and flow, but never disappearing. The successful goalie understands these neuroses, accepts them, and puts them under control. The unsuccessful goalie is distracted by them, his mind in knots, his body quickly following.Stats portray the goalie’s job as a nihilistic one. Chaos mounts, pucks fly, muscles react. What happens beyond that is so random that, as Dryden writes, the only way for a goalie to cope is to focus on what’s immediately in front of him: a stretch of ice with an ever-changing landscape of variables.
Yards / target8.67.7 YesNo Gronkowski on the field? Targets400100 Receptions27772 Air yards / target9.47.4 Completion %69.272.0 Brady needs GronkPatriots’ receiving stats, 2017-18 season through Week 15 First downs / target0.690.32 Plenty of things went sideways down the stretch of Patriots-Steelers on Sunday. Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James either did or did not make a go-ahead touchdown catch with 28 seconds left in the game, and Ben Roethlisberger definitely didn’t spike the ball with eight seconds remaining to set up a field goal that very likely would have tied the game 27-27 and sent the game into overtime. But uncertainties aside, one thing beyond argument was the unalloyed dominance of Rob Gronkowski in his return from a one-game suspension.Gronkowski had nine catches for 168 yards against a defense that had been determined to stop him. He caught passes with defenders draped over him and inaccurate throws from Tom Brady. He created space down the seam and made catches in traffic over the middle. He was a lot.Gronkowski’s return also made a noticeable difference for Brady, who had looked vulnerable without his tight end, especially when going deep. The Patriots have been without top wideout Julian Edelman all season after he suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the preseason, and they were also without receiver Chris Hogan on Sunday. And even though the Patriots showed last season that they can succeed — win a Super Bowl! — without Gronkowski,1Gronkowski missed the Patriots last five regular-season games and all three playoff games. Edelman doubled his per-game receiving average in the second half of the season and had 342 yards in New England’s three playoff games. Brady has struggled over the past several seasons when neither Edelman nor Gronkowski is on the field.Here’s how New England’s passing game has gone with and without Gronkowski on the field this season (which has, of course, played out entirely without Edelman): Yards3,429771 Source: ESPN Stats & information group Gronk’s effect as a receiver himself should be obvious enough — he’s an enormous target with sure hands. But the way he opens up the offense overall, or perhaps the way the offense contracts when he isn’t around, has a greater effect on the offense as a whole than even his impressive personal numbers suggest. While the receiving yards per target gained remain about the same when Gronk sits — yards per target fall from 8.6 to 7.7 — the average air yards per target fall off considerably, as do the team’s first downs per target. And even though Brady is excellent at short, quick passes, it’s not the same without Gronkowski eating up chunks of yardage and opening up lanes for teammates to do the same.Even with Gronkowski’s standout performance, the game came down to that chaotic final minute. Maybe it goes differently if Pittsburgh doesn’t lose its own driving-engine receiver, Antonio Brown, early in the game. There are a lot of mysteries about what could have happened in this specific game. But any doubts raised by New England’s loss to Miami in Week 14 seem to have been put to rest: Brady and the Patriots are still just fine, so long as Gronkowski is on the field.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
The Ohio State softball team (7-5) returned the bulk of its offensive production from last season, but through its first 12 games of the 2017 season, the best offense has come from a newcomer — sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper, an Akron transfer.Piper has made an immediate impact for the Buckeyes since her arrival before the season. She leads the team in hits, RBIs, multi-base hits and has the team’s second-highest slugging percentage.Before putting up those team-leading numbers, Piper had to adjust to a new environment and group of teammates.“It was almost like starting freshman year all over again,” Piper said. “I was kind of finding my niche in the program and what they wanted to do and what they wanted from me. I was just getting used to the girls, getting used to the team, making new friends and a new family.”Complicating matters, Piper wasn’t just switching teams, she was switching sports. Though she did play softball at Akron, Piper was on scholarship with the basketball team and spent extensive time on the hardwood.“Going from playing basketball year-round for years to stopping and completely switching was definitely another switch in my head that had to come on and a different mentality,” Piper said. “Playing both sports really helped me become the athlete and player today when it comes to softball.”The changes didn’t seem to hinder Piper. She earned a starting spot before the season, beating out freshman shortstop Amy Balich, and exceeded expectations at the plate. Before the season, OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said Piper proved she could handle the job defensively, but was waiting to see what she could add offensively. Obviously, she’s more than proven herself at the plate.Senior pitcher Lena Springer said she knew immediately Piper was going to add a lot to the Buckeye offense.“I actually thought that the first day of practice, when she first stepped foot on the field,” Springer said. “I remember I was throwing batting practice for her one day and I was like, ‘Woah, this kid’s got a bat.’”Despite the immediate success, Piper knows she must keep working, or she will lose her spot as quickly as she got it.“Every single day, every game you’re fighting for a spot on the field,” Piper said. “That’s what kind of pushes me, that nothing is guaranteed. So, coming out there it’s working every single day to be out on the field and earning the right to be on the field. That’s the mentality I had.”Piper will look to continue her hot hitting at the Central Florida Tournament, where the Buckeyes will face Georgia, Central Florida, Delaware State and Mercer.
The Portuguese superstar will earn 31 million Euro per season while playing in Italy; Gonzalo Higuain is second place with just 9 million Euro per yearAccording to Sport Mediaset, international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will earn more than the Top 4 players of the Italian Serie A put together.As reported by the Sport Bible, Ronaldo will cost Juventus 31 million Euro per year up to 2022; in second place of the salary-table is Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain who will earn 9 million Euros with AC Milan.In third and fourth place, Ronaldo’s teammates, Brazilian midfielder Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, will earn 7 million and 6 million, respectively.The Top 5 is closed by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who will make 6 million per season with the Rossoneri.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to appear with the Juventus shirt, but the club has already sold out on the number 7’s jerseys and toilet paper with his image is being sold in Italy.The Portuguese forward might debut with Juventus on Saturday, August 18th, when his team visits Chievo for the start of the 2018-2019 season of the Serie A.The players with the highest salary in the Italian league. (@Sport_Mediaset) pic.twitter.com/2uWZ1FAEIP— Khaled Al Nouss #LeoIsBack (@khaledalnouss1) August 3, 2018
The Paris Saint-Germain coach is keeping quiet especially about Edinson Cavani’s chance of playing on Tuesday against NapoliUruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been struggling with injury for some time.But Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel won’t confirm if the South American will be able to play tomorrow night against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.“I can’t say, it’s Monday afternoon so I can’t say who will play,” Tuchel said according to Football Italia.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Cavani is with us and he’s trained, we’ll see later.”“You always say that we’re favorites, that Napoli are small or outsiders. We know it’s a huge challenge though, the 2-2 in the first game was well deserved. We could have done better but for 30 minutes we were not at our level,” he added.“Napoli are a strong team, they’ve been playing together for a long time. They have an understanding, quality, and defensive discipline.”“It’ll be a big challenge but we want to win, this is the second half after the 2-2 in the first. We’re coming off two beautiful games against Marseille and Lille,” he commented.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no interest in allegations made against him by whistleblowers Football LeaksThe Qatari businessman is at the centre of Football Leaks’ latest scandal, who accuse Al-Khelaifi of engaging in a fraudulent attempt to escape UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.PSG released a statement last week denying the claims made against their president.This comes in light of PSG and Manchester City both reaching settlements with the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in May 2014 over their FFP breaches.“Honestly, I do not look at that,” Al-Khelaifi told RMC Sport after PSG’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Napoli on Tuesday.“It’s complete rubbish. Winning our next games is the most important.”PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Al-Khelaifi also declared his satisfaction with the UEFA’s decision to use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in next season’s Champions League.However, PSG will be rueing the fact that VAR hadn’t been available on Tuesday night after Jose Callejon appeared to be offside in the build-up to Napoli’s equalising penalty.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot to cancel out Juan Bernat’s 45th-minute goal for PSG, who also claimed he was denied a penalty of his own.The draw with Napoli leaves PSG third in Group C and a point behind the top two.“We will have to win our last two games to qualify. Of course there is, there is certainly a penalty,” added Al-Khelaifi.“But we will accept. VAR is needed as quickly as possible. We lost two points for two errors of the referee.”
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to focus on getting the players to understand his football philosophy before setting any aimsThe Norwegian has replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout at Old Trafford on a caretaker basis for the next six months.United currently find themselves 11 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League ahead of Solskjaer’s first match in charge against Cardiff City on Saturday.But Solskjaer will instead focus on getting the squad to adapt to his playing style rather than concern himself with results.“I think first thing is the first game,” said Solskjaer, according to Evening Standard.“Think about getting my principles into the boys, get the players to understand how I want them to play and let’s take the results later on and see how many points we can gather.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“This club has made many, many points up before, but I’m not going to set that target now.“My job is to help the players, make them grasp the opportunity. They all want to be part of Manchester United.“I’m here to help them, help the team. It’s down to man-management. I had the best manager as a player and coach to deal with players and it’s about communication,“When you’re at United there are a set of demands and one is to be a team player.”The Cardiff-United game will begin at 18:30 (CET) on Saturday.
$21 lower level adult $14 lower level youth/senior/college student $40 Family 4 Pack (end zone seats only) $10 group tickets, minimum of 10 tickets (end zone seats only) Watch The eight ACC teams (1-Louisville,1-Notre Dame, 3-NC State, 3-Syracuse, 4-Miami, 5-Florida State, 9-Clemson, 9-North Carolina) selected to the tournament match a league record (2014, 2015, 2018), and are the most of any conference this year. It’s fifth time in seven years at least seven ACC teams have made the NCAA Tournament. Parking information subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.LouisvilleKy.gov. $37 lower level adult $24 lower level youth/senior/college studentSingle-Session Tickets Story Links Series History: First meeting between the two teams.Date: Friday, March 22Time: 12 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD 790 AM, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Beth Mowins, play-by-play, Nell Fortner, analystLast Meeting: First MeetingSeries History: First MeetingUofL National Ranking: 5th Associated Press, 5th USA TodayClick here to purchase tickets or visit GoCards.com/NCAAWBB for more information.All-Session Tickets Tickets All parking lots and garages around the KFC Yum! Center will be open on Friday afternoon, but spaces may be limited due to the game being played during a workday.The following is a list of some of the many garages that will be open on Friday (availability subject to change): Third-year head coach Charlie Buscaglia’s team is led by All-NEC First Team junior center Nneka Ezeigbo, who was also named the league’s defensive player of the year and tournament MVP. Ezeigbo averages 12.6 points per game and 7.8 per game, while also finishing fourth in the conference in blocks (1.38 per game) and eighth in steals (1.72 per game). Freshman guard Isabella Posset was an All-NEC Rookie Team selection as she led the team in assists (2.8 per game) and steals (1.9 per game), while ranking second in scoring (7.8 points per game). LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball (29-3, 14-2) opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 12 p.m. ET when they host Robert Morris at the KFC Yum! Center.At 29-3 and No. 5 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls, Louisville is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and the second time in history.Louisville is making its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Jeff Walz. The Cardinals are marking their ninth straight NCAA Tournament and 14th in the last 15 years. Louisville is 31-21 all-time. They were 4-11 in their first 11 appearances and are 27-10 in their 10 appearances with Walz. They have moved on to the Sweet 16 eight times and advanced to the NCAA Final Four three times (2009, 2013, 2018). With three Final Fours in the last 10 years, UofL ranks fourth in the country behind UConn (10), Stanford (6) and Notre Dame (5). ABOUT THE COLONIALSRobert Morris (22-10, 16-2 NEC) makes their sixth tournament appearance and third in four seasons after winning both the NEC regular season and tournament championships. The Colonials are riding a four-game winning streak into the tournament, capped off by a 65-54 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in the NEC title game. Walz/Players Pregame Quotes Walz boasts a 27-10 record in NCAA Tournament games, which is 7th all-time in winning percentage and 4th among active coaches. He has directed UofL to a pair of national runner-up finishes (2009, 2013), three Final Fours (2009, 2013, 2018), four Elite Eights (2009, 2013, 2014, 2018), eight trips to the Sweet 16 and 11 NCAA Tournaments.UofL played 15 games against teams that participated in this year’s NCAA Tournament, boasting a 12-3 record (defeated: 2-UConn, 3-Syracuse, 3-NC State (twice), 5-Florida State, 5-Arizona State, 6-Kentucky, 8-Central Michigan, 9-North Carolina, 9-Clemson (twice), 13-Boise State; lost to 1-Notre Dame (twice), 4-Miami). Four (4-0) of Louisville’s opponents advanced to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament: (Miami (Ohio), WKU, Virginia Tech, Hartford). Robert Morris averages 62.9 points per game, while ranking 13th nationally in scoring defense by only allowing 54.8 points per game. The Colonials are also ranked in the top 25 nationally in turnover margin (25th, 4.25) and steals (25th, 321). Game Notes Skywalk Garage (120 N. Third St) Actors Theatre Garage (130 S. Third St.) Witherspoon Garage (101 W. Witherspoon St.) Courtyard by Marriott Garage (100 S. Second St.) LG&E Garage (207 W. Market Street) Humana Waterside Garage (201 N. Brook St.) First and Main Garage (100 E. Main St.) Cowger Garage (Fourth & Market) National City Tower Garage (412 W. Main St.) US Bank Garage (401 W. Market St.) One Riverfront Plaza (401 W. Main St.) Riverfront Garage (141 N. Sixth St.) For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version