Rajon Rondo Out For Season With Torn ACL

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A six game losing streak for the veteran laden Boston Celtics made way for even worse news today as it was announced that Rajon Rondo officially tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday’s double overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Rondo was averaging 13.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 11.1 APG and 1.8 SPG before suffering the devastating season ending injury.

Heading into Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat the Celtics were 20-23 on the season.

It is projected that Rondo may possibly be ready for the start of the 2013-2014 season but him playing at all during the remainder of the 2012-2013 season appears to be out of the question.

Here are some highlights from a game on 1/14/2013 when Rondo recorded a triple double (17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists).

Siva Reaches 1,000 PTS While Cards Easily Defeat USF

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The Cardinals led Stanley Heath’s USF Bulls from the very beginning of the game after starting with a 9-1 run. The Cards led at halftime by a score of 38-15.

Montrezl Harrell got the start over the injured Chane Behanan although Chane came in early in the game and finished with 7 pts and 12 rebs in 18 minutes of play.

Gorgui Dieng led the Cards and was named the MVP finishing with 12 pts and 16 rebs in 25 minutes of play.

Peyton Siva reached the 1,000 career point mark and finished with 17 points & 3 steals while shooting 3-5 from the three point line in 32 minutes of play.

 

Here is the box score courtesy of espn.com

Chris Redman’s Friday Morning Cards Notes

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Here is a list of the top College Football Head Coaches in the Country. Keep in mind this list was released before the Sugar Bowl.

As of right now it looks like Adrian Bushell and Mario Benavides are the only Cards who are being projected to be drafted in the NFL draft that begins Thursday April 25th and will finish on Saturday April 27th.

Jared Swopshire played for Northwestern on ESPN 2 on Thursday evening. He finished with a very nice game: 17 pts, 7 rebs, 3 assists, a blocked shot and no TOs in 37 minutes of play (team high) while the Northwestern Wildcats (10-6) beat the Penn State Nittany Lions (8-7) 70-54.

Swopshire is getting the increased playing time he coveted last season. Cards fans will undoubtedly always cheer for Swopshire no matter what he does.

Russ Smith was named a mid-season All American according to this list by CBS (Parrish and Goodman).

In case you missed the win over Seton Hall on Wednesday evening here is an ESPN highlight of the game (video).

The Cards next game is Saturday against South Flordia at 4:00 PM.  Be sure to tune into “The Weekend Sports Buzz” on 1450 AM in the Louisville/Kentuckiana area or to stream the show live here.

Top 2013 Center Dakari Johnson to announce decision late Saturday

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Dakari Johnson will announce his decision on ESPN Saturday Evening according to Dave Telep of espn.com

Johnson is 6-10 250 lbs and has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown. He is from New York and re-classified from the 2014 class to the 2013 class in November in order to expedite his career.

Kentucky has already gained commitments from Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis. Even if the Cats don’t sign the coveted Andrew Wiggins and/or Julius Randle they will probably finish with the top rated recruiting class in the country once again.

Dakari is known for his physical play and elite rebounding. Offensively he has great hands and even has a hook shot he shoots over his left shoulder.

Here is a highlight video of Dakari Johnson.

Louisville picks up a scrappy victory over Memphis.

The atmosphere in Memphis on Saturday was reminiscent of an NCAA tournament game despite being the middle of December.

The Tigers brought the defensive intensity and physicality early as the Cards struggled through the first half. A first half that saw multiple highlight reel alley-oops by the Memphis Tigers and that had Cards fan holding their breath when Junior guard Russ Smith appeared to have a serious ankle injury. The Tigers biggest lead of the game was 16 when it was 9-25 with 9:53 left in the half.

Despite Russ returning to the game late in the first half, the Memphis Tigers lead 35-28 at halftime.

The second half started with more of the same momentum by the Tigers while at one time the Tigers stretched the lead back out to 47-54 with 13:54 left in the game before the Cards went on a 13-0 run to take control of the game.

At the end the Card’s defensive pressure proved to be too much for the Memphis Tigers while the Cards won by a final score of 87-78.

The Cards were led by Senior PG Peyton Siva who had 19 points (5-10 FGs and 9-12 FTs) with 4 rebounds and 7 assists.

Chane Behanan led the team in scoring with 22 points while going 7-12 FG and 7-9 FTs. Chane was shooting a dreadful 45.5 from the FT line before the game. He also was 1-2 from the three point line.

Russ Smith only shot 3-11 from the field but was able to convert all 12 of his FT attempts while finishing with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Luke Hancock hit 3 timely three pointers and also finished with 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

Overall the Cards were 7-17 from three point range (not bad) and a very impressive 38-46 (82.6%) from the FT line. Clutch shooting in a chaotic road environment is a good sign for the Cards team at this point in the season.

The Cards next game is scheduled for this Wednesday 12/19 @ 7:00PM and we can look forward to one week from today as the expected date Gorgui Dieng will return to the Cards.

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Neal Brown to be named UK Offensive Coordinator

Chris Level @Chris Level from RedRaiderSports.com tweeted the following late Sunday night:

“I can confirm that former #TexasTech OC Neal Brown will be the next OC at Kentucky,” Level wrote. “Should be announced/finalized tomorrow.”

Brown is 32 years old and attended Boyle County High School in Danville Kentucky where he was both an All-State Wide Receiver and Basketball player. He played football at the University of Kentucky (WR) from 1998-2000 before transferring to Massachusetts to complete his two years of eligibility.

Brown is said to have an “Air-Raid” style of Offense similar to that of Hal Mumme’s. Brown was in the running for many Non-BCS Division 1 Head Coaching jobs but it appears he will instead become the Offensive Coordinator for his alma-mater under new Head Coach Mark Stoops.

Last season Brown’s offense ranked #2 Nationally in Passing Offense, #12 in total Offense and #16 in scoring offense. Under his tutelage Senior Quarterback Seth Doege threw for 3934 yards, 38 TDs and 14 interceptions last season. Doege ranked as sixth in the nation in total passing yards and threw more TD passes than anyone in the country not named Geno Smith (Smith had 40).

This is clearly another great hire for the Kentucky Football program.