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The Breakdown – North Carolina Edition Getting to Know the Tar Heels: Head Coach: Roy Williams Record: 23-5(11-3) National Rank: #8   North Carolina has been rolling this season and currently sit alone atop the ACC standings. As a result of their stellar play, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Tar Heels listed as a number 1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament.   The Front Court A key to the Tar Heels success has been depth. Something they have plenty of in the Front Court. Playing at an ACC player of the Year level has been Junior Justin Jackson....Continue reading »

  As he nears the end of his 16th season at Louisville, Rick Pitino has faced more scandals, personal humiliations, off-the-court player issues, and fan criticism than just about any active NCAA head coach. And yet, somehow, some way, he has managed to overcome each obstacle and maintain his reputation as one of the game’s premier coaches.   It is not out of the realm of logic to suggest that he has not only maintained that reputation as an elite coach but has actually become more valuable in his craft. Maybe it was the...Continue reading »

Your No. 8 Louisville Cardinals travel to Chapel Hill to take on UNC with first place in the ACC at stake.  UofL is 22-5 overall and is 10-4 in league play.  If the Cards win, they move into first place and have the tie breaker over UNC.  If they lose, they drop to a tie for 4th, losing the tie breaker to FSU and Notre Dame.  To date, Louisville has strong computer numbers.  Their RPI is 4th with a SOS of 5 and a record against the Top 50 of 6-5.  You can view the complete RPI rankings HERE.  According to...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Virginia Tech Edition Getting to Know the Hokies: Head Coach: Buzz Williams Record: 18-7 (7-6)   Virginia Tech got off to a hot start this season highlighted by a road win at Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and a stomping of Duke at Cassell Coliseum, 89-75.   The Front Court: The Hokies Front Court was dealt a huge blow a few days ago, when Forward Chris Clarke was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Clarke did everything for this team and several guys will need to step up to help...Continue reading »

The guys spoke to the ACCDN’s Jeff Fischel about the current state of ACC basketball, UofL hoops, and the UofL-UK rivalry.’s Matthew Worner joined us to preview the Virginia Tech game.  Fellow Card fans shared their stories from the best basketball games they’ve attended and shared plays that made them jump up out of their seats while watching on TV.  We also of course sprinkled in some 90’s hip hop classics.   VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)...

We asked a couple of questions on twitter yesterday and the response was overwhelming.  Here are the questions we asked and a sampling of the responses. Show question (1/2): what is the best UofL basketball you've attended live? (Excluding title and Final Four games) — LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 15, 2017 Show question (2/2): what is a UofL basketball play that made you jump out of your seat with excitement while watching TV? — LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 15, 2017 @LvilleSprtsLive...Continue reading »

How reluctant are the Boston Celtics to trade Terry Rozier? There was a sizable trade completed in the NBA on Tuesday and it nearly involved the Boston Celtics until they caught cold feet. The deal was centered around Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka — a popular big man who made a name for himself whle playing with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ibaka had been rumored to be on the move over the course of the past few weeks. The Orlando Magic have been bottom-feeders of the Eastern Conference and...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Syracuse Edition   Getting to Know the Orange: Head Coach: Jim Boeheim Record: 16-10 (8-5)   It’s been a rough season for the Orange. The beginning of the year saw head scratching losses to Connecticut, Georgetown and St. Johns. The ‘Cuse seemed to right the ship over the last few weeks, rattling 5 straight conference wins including upsets over Florida State and Virginia. The streak was snapped over the weekend as the Orange lost to a struggling Pitt team in Pittsburgh.   The Front Court The Syracuse Front...Continue reading »

Where do pro scouts rank the University of Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell in the 2017 NBA Draft? The fine folks at Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical are preparing for the most insane portion of the year in college basketball. Conference tournaments are quickly approaching and this is the beginning of when players really make a name for themselves. The Louisville Cardinals have a few prospects on the team that could potentially hear their name called in the 2017 NBA Draft, which will take place in June. However, one name particularly stands...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Miami Edition Getting to Know the Hurricanes:  Head Coach: Jim Larranaga Record: 16-7 (6-5)   The Hurricanes have had an up and down season so far. They managed to notch an upset win over North Carolina earlier in the season but also lost opportunities for some quality out of conference wins against Iowa State and Florida.   The Front Court: The bulk of Miami’s problems this season revolve around a huge lack of depth in the front court. The Canes have really been relying on two guys, Kamari Murphy and Dewan...Continue reading »

We discussed Louisville basketball, integrating Q back into the lineup and the stretch run to March with’s Mike Hughes.  CBS Sports’ Bracketologist Jerry Palm joined us to talk about UofL’s tournament resume, their RPI, future changes to the selection committee’s protocol, and how many teams the ACC will get in the Big Dance. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

The Breakdown – Virginia Edition   Getting to know the Cavaliers: Head Coach: Tony Bennett Record: 17-5 (7-3) Ranking: Announced Monday   Virginia finds themselves in a bit of a funk going 1-2 in their last three games including their most recent loss to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.   The Front Court: The Front Court is led by experienced Forward, Isaiah Wilkins. The 6’7” Junior leads UVA in several statistical categories including rebounds (130), and steals (27). In his 27.2 minutes per game Wilkins is averaging 60%...Continue reading »

Can Gorgui Dieng reach the NBA Playoffs for the first time in his NBA career in 2017? Don’t look now! The Minnesota Timberwolves are finally winning games and making their climb in the NBA’s Western Conference. Gorgui Dieng left college with a winning pedigree. He was selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft after helping the University of Louisville Cardinals earn a national championship.  However, it has been a rough road for Dieng’s T-Wolves ever since he joined them in the middle of 2013. Even before the...Continue reading »