Athlon’s College Basketball Preview is out on newsstands, and like the other publications, they are high on the Cards. Athlon ranks Louisville #2, and predicts them to beat the evil empire in the national semifinals, (would be sweet payback) but lose in the National Championship to Indiana. Additionally – and obviously – UofL is picked to win the Big East.
Peyton Siva – 3rd team All-American, 1st team All-Big East, Big East Player of the Year
Chane Behanan – Honorable Mention All-American, 2nd team All-Big East
Gorgui Dieng – 3rd team All-Big East
Luke Hancock – Listed in Top 40 “Key Transfers”
Athlon’s Final Analysis
“The Cardinal faithful grumbled louder than they had in years after Louisville lost three of its final four games to finish the regular season 22-9. Eight straight victories silenced the complaints. Siva finally figured out how to play winning point guard. Dieng and Behanan understand the requirements of blue collar Big East basketball as well as any frontcourt players in the league.
Three factors will decide if Louisville will reach its considerable potential – health, 3-point shooting, and the maturation of Smith. Louisville needs Blackshear to become the guy who can make plays late in the shot clock. Departed seniors Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith made 143 of the team’s 233 3-pointers last season. Somebody must fill that void. And Smith can’t keep taking crazy shots.”