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I’ve been sick of hearing about The Scandal for a while now. When UofL received the NCAA’s response this week to the school’s defense of men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino, I was so grateful that Lavar Ball was being given a platform by the national sports media. Otherwise, I think we all know what kind of firestorm we’d be having to endure for a couple days….again. The reality is that most of us are going to hear the low-hanging fruit jokes about strippers and prostitutes for the rest of our lives....Continue reading »

It usually takes a few days for me to decompress after Louisville’s basketball season ends. I debate if whether or not I should watch any more tournament games. My approach is pretty apathetic but then if Kentucky is still playing and they lose, I become engaged again. These are all parts of the process for us Louisville fans. The other part is the reflection that usually takes place in the days or weeks after the season ends.  I’ve reflected a lot this week on the season that was for the Louisville Cardinals. Today’s...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – NC State Edition   Getting to Know the Wolfpack: Head Coach: Elliott Avent Record: 12-10 (3-3) TV/Radio Info: ACC NETWORK EXTRA/93.9 THE VILLE   The Wolfpack entered the season ranked 6th by D1Baseball but it’s been tough sledding through the beginning of the schedule for the Pack9. With losses to teams like Charlotte, Rhode Island and Western Carolina, NC State sits at just 6-6 at home and 3-3 in the ACC with a series win over Miami under their belts.     Pitching Matchups: Friday: LOU: Jr. LHP...Continue reading »

Louisville basketball is fortunate to have just three coaches over a 69-year span. That’s a lot of winning and success. What program can boast about having two Hall of Fame coaches in a 46-year span to roam the sidelines? Not many. With that said, let’s take a look at the numbers from each coach, starting with “Peck” Hickman, who many older and wiser fans believe should’ve been in the Hall of Fame. He coached the Cards from 1944-1967 and in his 23 seasons amassed a record of 443-183 (.708). He guided...Continue reading »

This question made the rounds when Donovan Mitchell took over in 6-game stretch for an injured Quentin Snider. Q, who had a very good season before and after he got hurt ran the offense well and didn’t make many mistakes. However, he lacks the quickness to blow by and defend elite opposing guards and is a streaky shooter. That aforementioned question was put to bed when Snider returned.  However, given Pitino’s recent comments and Q’s struggles against Michigan, would it be better for the team if Donovan primarily ran...Continue reading »

It was March 7, 2015 when another member of the family was permanently written into the Cardinal fans’ hall of fame. There were nine seconds left on the clock on senior night of the first season that Louisville had entered the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game was Virginia. One month prior, the Cardinals had taken a 47-52 loss in Charlottesville in a game that still feels eerily familiar when the Cards play Virginia. With a loss to Jahlil Okafor’s Duke, and a split series against Bryce Johnson and the Tarheels of Chapel Hill, a lot...Continue reading »

Unfortunately the season came to an early end, so that means it’s time to immediately discuss what the lineup and bench will look like next year.  Currently, we expect everyone back.  That, in addition to an incoming top 10 recruiting class has UofL labeled as a national title contender.  Let’s project out what the rotation could look like: STARTERS G Donovan Mitchell (16 ppg, 5 rpg) G Quentin Snider (12 ppg, 115 assists) G/F V.J. King (5.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg) or Jaylen Johnson F Deng Adel (12 ppg, 5 rpg) F/C Malik...Continue reading »

The Louisville Baseball team is off to the best start in school history at an impressive 19-0 (6-0 in the ACC) and are ranked #1 in the country by Baseball America, NBCWA, and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Cards are currently hitting .325 as a team and the pitching staff is holding opponents to an impressive .177 average and boasting a team ERA of 1.75. These numbers are among the best in the country, but things are about to get much more difficult for the Cardinals. In the first 19 games, they have only played one game against a ranked...Continue reading »

If the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament taught us anything, it’s that Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon, and Martin Chambers are no longer the only group who can call themselves “The Pretenders.” The ACC, the conference that produced nine tournament teams and thought by many to be the best basketball conference in the country, fell on its face in embarrassing fashion. Here is a quick recap of what went down. via GIPHY As for a more detailed recap, of the nine teams who entered, only one remains after...Continue reading »

The end of the season marked Coach Pitino’s 16th year at the school, and if you look at the overall body of work, you’ll see impressive results.  At Louisville, Pitino is 416-143 (.744) with a 28-12 (.700) mark in the NCAA Tournament highlighted by a national championship, three Final Fours, three Elite Eight appearances, and one Sweet 16.  That comes to an average record per year of 26-9.   This season culminated 103 years of Louisville basketball.  During that span the Cards have amassed 1,803 victories. ...Continue reading »

Improve Basketball IQ – this was this team’s ultimate undoing.  The head scratching decision making, blowing second half leads, continuing to take bad shots, and getting away from what was working all were repeated throughout this frustrating season.  Another season and offseason under their belt will undoubtedly serve them better.  The ‘inexperience’ excuse can’t be used next year.  Become physically tough – the frontcourt was soft all year, period.  That coupled...Continue reading »

I would like to say I was surprised by Louisville’s 73-69 loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32 yesterday, but the truth is, I was not. Not even a little. Like many of you, I picked my bracket dutifully, advancing UofL all the way out to the Final Four. I couldn’t help myself – the region was right there for the taking. The Cards had been given a gift #2 seed and were going to be playing just up the road in Indianapolis for the first two rounds. Unlike recent years, however, I didn’t believe the final weekend to be...Continue reading »

UofL’s four man class has been verbally wrapped up for a while now. You can see this talented group in action KDF Classic at Freedom Hall in April.   Here’s a look at Louisville’s top 10 class, from highest prospect, to lowest.  According to 247Sports, UofL’s class ranks 8th nationally. (NOTE: rankings are from the 247Sports Composite) *Malik Williams 5-star; No. 23 overall; No. 3 Center VIDEO: Congrats to @leek_willi34 on signing with Louisville! @GoCards @jdemling —...Continue reading »