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Louisville men’s basketball has at times this season looked like an all-too familiar storyline that we see in war movies. Small group of soldiers (in this case basketball players) under siege from the outside? Check. The national media and rival fan bases have been unrelenting to a group of kids that had nothing to do with the position they’re in. Fearless leader being killed off? Check. Maybe not fearless and the exit was less than ceremonial, but the leader these kids came to play for is out of the picture and now they must carry...Continue reading »

This week we saw Louisville men’s and women’s basketball win a couple of HUGE games. The men overcame a 17-point deficit on the road to beat Florida State and snap their 28-game home winning streak. The women flat out took #2 Notre Dame to school Thursday night in a 100-67 win. I’m not sure it was even that close. There’s no need to contextualize the men’s win. We all know the circumstances. But this was Louisville’s first road win over a Top 25 team since joining the ACC. This was a game we’ve come...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Florida State Edition Getting to Know the Seminoles: Head Coach: Leonard Hamilton Record: 12-3 (1-2) National Rank: 24th The Seminoles burst out of the gate this season, racing to a 9-0 start and then wrapping up non-conference play with an 11-1 record. The Noles opened the ACC slate with a buzz saw of opponents including Duke, North Carolina and Miami. FSU went 1-2 in that stretch dropping both road games but still managing to remain perfect at home this season. They will look to put that perfect home record on the line...Continue reading »

This past week, CardNation has been abuzz about hiring the next coach to lead the basketball program into the future.  There’s no doubt that this hire needs to be the right one since UofL is not in a position to whiff on this move.  Don’t even consider someone who has no head coaching experience; we’ve been there and done that.  So who is a realistic option that can fire up the fans for the future?  Xavier’s Chris Mack.  We’ve discussed this at length on LSL radio because he checks all...Continue reading »

  As the current college basketball season is less than two months from March, many fans of this year’s Louisville Cardinals have been expressing disappointment, frustration, and anger at the team’s unimpressive 11-4 start that appears to have them on a path closer to the NIT than the NCAA Tournament. The harsh reality, however, is that the signs of such a season were all clear and present the moment the news broke that Rick Pitino would be fired (of which he was rightfully so). The inconsistencies, poor team ball, embarrassing...Continue reading »

Donovan Mitchell has produced a strong start to his rookie NBA season and the league has handed him in-season honors to end 2017.  On Thursday, the NBA announced December’s Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month. Louisville fans will most definitely love their selection from the West.  Of course it was no other than Donovan “Spida Mitchell,” currently avaeraging 18.2 points (leads all rookies), 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game on 43.8% shooting, including 35.7% accuracy from beyond...Continue reading »

The shoe and apparel war between adidas, Nike, and Under Armour never ends.  Nike has long dominated the college athletic apparel/uniform market.  adidas, who has outfitted Louisville since 1998 re-signed Louisville to a monster 10-year, $160 million deal (4th most lucrative in the nation), has enjoyed increasing popularity over the last couple of years from their Ultra Boost, Yeezy, NMD lines, and other three stripe originals.  Moreover, adidas has overtaken Under Armour for the No. 2 spot in North American Sales.  ...Continue reading »

“Louisville is on a collision course with the national championship. The only variable is time.” -Howard Schnellenberger That quote was given by Coach Schnellenberger in 1985 when the former Miami national championship coach arrived at the fairgrounds to pump some ambition into the program. When “The Coach” discussed time being a variable, I think what we’ve seen the past two decades is what has to happen in order for Louisville football to reach the ultimate prize. It does indeed take time. Given his declaration...Continue reading »

On this episode of LSL, the guys reviewed the disappointing weekend and analyzed the next four games on the basketball schedule.   Also on the show was the three most likely coaches to take over the Louisville program and graded the football season.   VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

The ominous cloud of the FBI probe and yet another NCAA investigation still hangs over the storied Louisville program.  The embarrassing scandals have tainted the school and unfortunately the players and fans innocent of any wrongdoing bare the brunt of it.  Despite the current mess the UofL hoops program finds itself in, the fact remains that this is still an elite, Top 5 job.  It possesses top-notch facilities, tradition, conference affiliation, a rabid fan base, and resources the vast majority of powerhouse programs can’t...Continue reading »

The disappointing season ended with a disappointing loss to Mississippi State as the Cards finished 8-5. In Coach Petrino’s return, UofL has gone 9-4 twice and 8-5 two times.  Looking at the numbers in a variety if ways, here’s how Petrino has done during his second stint at UofL. Overall: 34-18 ACC: 21-11 vs. Top 25 Teams: 1-10 Home: 18-6 Road/Neutral: 15-13 Bowl Games: 1-3 Boston College, NC State, Virginia, Wake: 3-1 Duke, Miami, UNC: 1-0 Florida State: 2-2 Clemson: 0-4 Pitt: 0-1 Kentucky: 3-1 vs. SEC: 4-5 Top 25 finishes:...Continue reading »

While David Padgett has stepped up to take control of the program after the fallout of the federal investigation, LSL is tracking the top potential candidates to become the permanent coach next year.   The list will be adjusted as need be.  Here’s the fourth installment:   Chris Mack – Xavier Mack has been the reported front runner just after Pitino was fired.  The 47-year old coach has been very successful at Xavier, going to three Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight in his eight completed seasons at XU. ...Continue reading »

Every season the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry game comes down to the x-factors. Small details such as Home court advantage, the referees whistle, contributions from the bench, etc. More often than not we’ve seen the Otis George’s and Josh Harrelson’s of the world play just as big of a role in these games as Dejuan Wheat and John Wall. This rivalry has seen eventual national champions (Kentucky in 1998 and Louisville in 2013 lose or squeak out wins when the opposing team went on to not reach the NCAA tournament.  One of the narratives...Continue reading »