Louisville’s Jeff Walz on Notre Dame-UConn

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If Louisville defeats California in this evening’s first national semifinal at the New Orleans Arena, the Cardinals will get their second chance to play for the national championship in the seven years Jeff Walz has been their coach. The other game in 2009 when Angel McCoughtry led them against UConn.

That didn’t turn out so well, if you recall.

But the Cardinals are back, Cinderella if you will, and here is how Walz looks at the fourth meeting of the season between this two (former) Big East rivals:

“It’s going to be a battle.  If we’re fortunate enough to win the first game, I’m hoping it goes about ten overtimes.  I mean, I’m looking for that BW3 commercial where something happens.  You keep going overtime, overtime, overtime, because I want them tired,” Walz said.

“It’s been an unbelievable three?game series for those teams.  Anything can happen.  There’s no question about it.  But Notre Dame should be playing with the confidence of knowing, hey, we beat them three times, but at the same time I’d be going, dang, I wish we wouldn’t have beat them three times.  I mean, it’s tough to beat somebody four times in a year, but if anybody can do it, they can do it.
But UConn’s playing really well right now.  Stewart’s playing so much better.  And that’s a big X factor for their team.  But Skylar and Kayla and Jewell Lloyd and Achonwa, they’re still playing great, too, so I’m expecting it to be an unbelievable game.”

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6 thoughts on “Louisville’s Jeff Walz on Notre Dame-UConn

  1. Steve Gee

    Read J Jacob’s column to go along with this “X-Factor” item by Walz.
    The sentiment seems very close to what I’ve been saying for the last week.
    UConn has improved it’s play since the B.E. tourney.
    Has N.D.?
    This should be a great game to watch.

    Still on my wish list:
    We’re not inclined to be talking about the officiating after this game.

  2. Walz is a nice guy

    The X factor is all about how Tuck, Stewie, MoJo play and are not affected by the big stage.
    Achonwa isn’t much of a factor and Jewel won’t take over the game. McBride is the X factor for ND. Diggy will get 3 fouls in the first half.
    Walz is a nice guy good coach. I hope he loses to Cal.

    1. Bracchus

      I would not count anyone on ND’s team out. They are just as motivated as UCONN, if not more. This is going to be a great game. Yes, the freshmen have improved. But, ND hasn’t gotten any worse. So, bottom line is that both teams are going to have to play well against whomever is on the floor.

  3. Steve Gee

    I like Achonwa’s game. She’s more than capable of throwing in 20 if UConn bigs get into early foul trouble.
    I’m not willing to underestimate her.

    1. Youcon Fann

      I see it the other way. She’s the one very likely to get into foul trouble which should open the door wider for us. She can be very reckless both shooting and defending. If she just happens to be “on” her game, then I agree with you.

  4. You're Fooling Yourself If You Don't Believe It

    Win or lose, one coach, a few players, and countless fans will complain about the referees. They hold the key. 2 fouls on 1 player before the first TV timeout affects that team’s game plan. Permitting a team to dare the referees to blow the whistle gives that team a tactical advantage. During halftime, referees usually adjust how they officiate the game. Whether or not a phone call is involved, is for another blog another day. The tighter the game, the more involvement from fans of both teams, the more pressure on the referees to make the right call in a crucial moment. Even if UConn wins by 20, it is quite possible the turning point occurred shortly after a crucial foul call against Notre Dame.

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